On Friday night, the Thunder will host the Pelicans. The Pelicans won the first meeting of the season between the two teams and will look to continue their in-season dominance in this one on Friday night.
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For much of the season, the Pelicans were the talk of the league, but a recent four-game losing streak has people wondering if and when they will recover. They are still 18-12, but before the losing streak, they were near the top of the Western Conference.
They have a number of serious injuries that they are still dealing with. With Zion Williamson (illness) and Brandon Ingram (toe) both out until next month.
Larry Nance Jr. (Achilles) is a name to keep an eye on, and while he was out for Thursday’s game, his return to the lineup could be crucial for this one.
Williamson has been on a tear this month, averaging 28.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.2 steals per game, but he will sit out a game or two to work through the league’s health and safety protocols.
Brandon Ingram’s recovery has been going well, but it has taken longer than expected.
The Thunder had a slow start to the season and still appear to be one of the league’s worst when all is said and done, a three-game winning streak has given this team new life.
The Thunder’s ability to perform well at home cannot be overstated. With New Orleans struggling on the road, this could be a great opportunity for Oklahoma City to pick up another impressive win before the holiday. It also doesn’t hurt that this is their sixth straight home game, with the consistency and lack of travel likely playing a role in how this one goes.
Chet Holmgren (foot), was ruled out for the season due to a foot injury.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) is the other key player who has been ruled out.