The Golden State Warriors will be taking on the New Orleans Pelicans tonight. In the absence of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Jordan Poole have been carrying the team. GSW currently holds a record of 33 wins and 30 losses. That gives them the 5th spot in a competitive Western Conference.
They will be taking on the New Orleans Pelicans, who have a record of 31 wins and 32 losses. Despite the seeming similarity of these records, the Pelicans are in the 10th position. Both teams have been somewhat struggling to keep the momentum going in the absence of their main stars.
That said, NBA fans must certainly want to know which stars on both sides will be playing and what the expected rosters could look like. After all, that will help in the formation of an expert prediction.
Klay Thompson is expected to play in the Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans game tonight
Thankfully for Golden State Warriors fans, Klay looks healthy and is expected to play for his team against the Pelicans. Fans are already aware that Curry is not expected to play in this game after suffering a knee injury. Therefore, there is no denying that the team will need a good game from Klay Thompson.
However, he will not be the only player on the court who will play a role in deciding the game. Let us take a look at the complete injury reports and expected rosters for both teams heading into this match.
Golden State Warriors injury report
- Stephen Curry (out)
- Andrew Wiggins (out)
- Andre Iguodala (out)
- Gary Payton II (out)
- Ryan Rollins (out)
Golden State Warriors expected roster
- Jordan Poole
- Klay Thompson
- Donte DiVincenzo
- Draymond Green
- Kevon Looney
New Orleans Pelicans injury report
- Zion Williamson (out)
- Jose Alvarado (out)
- Larry Nance Jr (out)
- E.J Liddell (out)
- Jonas Valančiūnas (questionable)
New Orleans Pelicans expected roster
- Brandon Ingram
- CJ McCollum
- Herb Jones
- Trey Murphy III
- Josh Richardson
As we can tell from the reports, it looks like plenty of important players from both sides will not be playing. Therefore, this match might not be a true indicator of how these teams compare. Nonetheless, here are the expert predicitions for this game tonight.
The Warriors are slightly favored over the Pelicans tonight
Not having Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins, who are arguably the best offensive and defensive players for the team, certainly hurts GSW’s chances. Nonetheless, they are still a team to be reckoned with as long as Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole step up to the occasion.
Considering that Zion Williamson and other key starters are missing on the Pelicans it is very difficult for them to get this win against the defending NBA champions. Especially since the Warriors are now on a 4 game winning streak and have seemed to found some momentum in the absence of Curry. While this is still expected to be a somewhat close game, we expect GSW to come out on top.