After two days of relaxation, the New Orleans Pelicans look to maintain the successful streak alive in opposition to the Indiana Pacers. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, who every logged over 80 minutes a chunk on the Pelicans first back-to-back of the season, absolutely loved the down time. They’ll face a Pacers workforce returning dwelling after a protracted street journey of their very own and smarting after a late recreation collapse in opposition to the New York Knicks on Sunday evening.
Indiana has been a little bit of a shock, ripping off victories over the Minnesota Timberwolves(with out Jimmy Butler), San Antonio Spurs (with out Kawhi Leonard), and Cleveland Cavaliers (missing each path and coronary heart). There may be one fixed in each single Pacers victory: successful the battle on the glass. They’re 5-1 after they rebound no less than 50% of misses and Zero-Four after they fail to out-rebound their opponent. New Orleans has received the rebounding battle in seven of their first ten video games.
These groups might really feel a bit like wanting within the enjoyable home mirror after they take the ground. The Pelicans rank 22nd in ORtg and ninth in DRtg, Indiana is fifth in ORtg and 21st in DRtg. Newly acquired Victor Oladipo is main the assault for the Pacers, scoring 23.eight factors per recreation whereas bombing away behind the arc and attacking the rim with the ferocity anticipated of him when he got here out of Indiana (College) in 2013. Nevertheless, the true engine behind the Pacers offense is veteran level guard Darren Collison. He leads the workforce in plus-minus (alongside Domantas Sabonis) and Collison’s Four.Three assist-to-turnover ratio helps inform the story. Add into the rotation Cory Joseph and head coach Nate McMillan all the time has some extent guard on the ground he can belief to maintain issues organized. Indiana has performed simply 12 minutes all season with out one in all Collison or Joseph on the courtroom.
One contributing issue to the Pacers current woes is reintegrating middle Myles Turner into the lineup. Turner missed seven straight video games on account of a concussion and his return to the beginning lineup pushed Sabonis again onto the bench. Accidents to rookie energy ahead T.J. Leaf (out tomorrow) and Sabonis (questionable) quickly adopted.

Three Keys to Victory

Defend the Three-point line: Oladipo (44.6%), Bojan Bogdanovic (40%), and Thaddeus Younger(39.5%) are all sizzling behind the arc. Cory Joseph (60.9%) would possibly soften metal beams. Would possibly they be due for some regression? Certain. Is it smart to let a workforce that's at present sixth within the NBA in Three-point proportion see a bunch of open seems of their dwelling constructing? Completely not.
Assault the glass: Indiana ranks 25th within the NBA in defensive rebounding proportion. They’re Zero-Four after they lose the rebounding battle. New Orleans has each DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis on the roster. Moreover, the Pacers rank third in transition possessions. Crashing the glass (successfully) can concurrently create further possessions and get the Pacers to commit extra our bodies to corral rebounds, lowering their means to get out on the break.
Position participant contributor of the evening: Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are going to provide. They’ll put factors and rebounds on the board in bunches. What the Pelicans want is a job participant or two to step up. Possibly tonight it’s Jrue Vacation, matched up in opposition to his former backcourt mate at UCLA, who will step up. In any case, it's partially due to a fan at UCLA misidentifying Vacation as Collison (and asking for an autograph!) that aided in Jrue assembly his eventual spouse, USWNT star Lauren.
Throughout his freshman yr at UCLA, Jrue Vacation went to observe a ladies's basketball recreation. Whereas he was approaching his seat within the stands, a younger fan stopped him to ask whether or not he was Darren Collison and whether or not she might get his autograph.
He defined that he wasn't Collison and went to take his seat when a lady behind him stated with a smile, "Don't fret, you are cuter than Darren is."
That girl was Lauren Cheney, whom you now know as Lauren Vacation. Star midfielder on the uswomen's soccer workforce, former UCLA standout and clearly a grasp pickup artist.
You possibly can’t make these things up!
Actually, the important thing to the Pelicans long run is Jrue Vacation taking part in as much as the power he’s proven earlier than. After what felt like a breakout efficiency in opposition to the Cavaliers (29 factors, 7 assists, Four rebounds, and only one turnover), Vacation has gone ice chilly behind the arc, lacking 14 consecutive makes an attempt. If Jrue can get again on monitor behind the arc (a visit to the free throw line or two would possibly assist!), the offense across the two bigs turns into rather more harmful.
What: Pelicans at Pacers
When: November 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM Central
The place: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
How: Fox Sports activities New Orleans, WRNO 99.5 FM