The Oklahoma City Thunder aim to end their road trip on a high note against Anthony Davis and company as OKC heads down to the bayou to face the New Orleans Pelicans tonight.
New Orleans (18-27) is currently on a six-game home stand and so far have defended their home turf well, winning 2 of 3. Despite how their season has gone thus far, the Pelicans have plenty to feel good about after upsetting the Cavs 124-122 on Jan 23.
Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook’s 22nd triple double of the year was enough to lead the Thunder past the Jazz 97-95 on the same night.
Steven Adams was also able to go for the first time since being concussed on Jan. 18 against Sacramento. Adams was 4 of 10 from the field in his first game back, scoring nine points. He also had four blocks and six rebounds on the night.
Following a 103-93 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Jan 24, the Jazz have now lost two straight putting OKC in firm position to close in on the division lead.
A win tonight over the Pelicans will put the Thunder within a game and a half from leapfrogging the Jazz for first place lead in the Northwest division.
Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is expected to play tonight after battling a hand injury he sustained late in the first quarter against Orlando on Jan 18.
The injury caused Davis to play a limited role the following game against Brooklyn on Jan 20. Davis was 10 of 17 from the field for 22 points in the 143-114 loss to the Nets. During the game, Davis’ injury became aggravated and he was unable to go against the Cavs Monday night.
This will be the third of four occasions the Thunder will face the Pelicans this year with OKC winning the season series 2-0 thus far.
The previous tilt saw Russell Westbrook score 42 points, hitting 12 of 26 from the field, pushing OKC to prevail over the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center 121-110 on Dec 21.
Forward Anthony Davis and guard Jrue Holiday combined for 57 points that night, Davis hitting 14 of 26 from the field and Holiday hitting 9 of 15.
PREDICTION: I expect the Thunder to take care of business and get the ‘W’. This has been a brutal 6-game road trip and if Westbrook and company can come out of it with a 3-3 record, they’ll take it.