2021-11-25
Washington Wizards
New Orleans Pelicans
League : NBA

New Orleans Pelicans vs Washington Wizards Prediction & Preview



 

 

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Fresh off a tough loss to the Hornets, the Washington Wizards hope to return to their winning ways and remain atop the Southeast Division with a win at New Orleans. The Pelicans own the NBA's second worst record, 3-16, and have lost two straight. Game time is set for 8pm EST.

 

Hot Shots

Only a hot shooting night from Terry Rozier and the Charlotte Hornets kept the Washington Wizards from the 8th home win in 9 tries. Instead, Rozier's 8 3pt field goals, including his last one with 12 seconds left, were too much for the Wizards to overcome in losing just their second home game of the season. However, at 11-6 and in first place in the SouthEast Division of the Eastern Conference, the Wizards continue to defy the preseason expectations of the team. Forward Deni Avdija understands the impact that coach Wes Unseld Jr has made on this team.

 

“I’ve noticed that he brings the best from everybody,” Deni Avdija said. “That’s a thing that only great, great coaches have. I think if he brings the best from everybody, we can do great things. Nobody expected us to do great things, right? But we just want to keep it going.”

The Wizards, even in defeat, showed resiliency by coming back from a 17-point deficit against the Hornets. Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points and had a season-high 18 rebounds, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 17 points, Bradley Beal scored 18 and Kyle Kuzma had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Pope's 3pt field goal with under a minute to play cut the lead to just two points before Rozier's heroics put the game out of reach. Washington made only 9-of-36 three point attempts while Charlotte was an impressive 15-of-31 from long range. The Wizards did pound the Hornets on the boards to the tune of a 77-46 advantage.

 

 

Turnover Trouble

The Pelicans have dropped two straight after their own brief winning streak and now sit at 3-16 for the season. Continuing to play without star forward Zion Williamson, New Orleans has played sloppy basketball throughout the season and it continued against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 110-96 loss on Monday night. The Pelicans committed 21 turnovers and shot just 19% from the 3pt line. Head coach Willie Green took responsibility for his team's poor play.

 

"We didn't come with a mentality to compete tonight and that's on me," the Pelicans' first-year coach said. "I have to get our team ready to play."

Highlighting New Orleans' struggles was the play of all star forward Brandon Ingram, who shot 2 of 13, including 1 of 7 from deep, and finished with nine points and six of the team's 21 turnovers. Minnesota dominated the offensive glass and turned the frequent Pelicans' turnovers into points, which frustrated Green.

"You can't beat teams in this league giving them that many possessions, " added Green, whose team fell to 3-16."All of it was frustrating, I'm frustrated with that performance. ... We as a unit have to play harder."

Green has begun to make changes to his lineups, looking for more production. Against the Timberwolves, Green inserted Garrett Temple at guard in place of Alexander-Walker. Temple scored eight points but committed four turnovers.

"We were 3-15. That went into the decision," Green said when asked about the lineup adjustment. "Until we get it right, we got to continue to make adjustments and figure out what works."

 







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