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The New Orleans Pelicans square off against the Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Arena. The Pelicans have been relatively average to start the year, entering today's game with a record of 6-7. On the other hand, the visiting Warriors look to continue to move further above .500, coming in with an 8-6 record. This game is slated to start at 8:00 pm EST and it will be covered by CSN-BA and FSN-NO.

The Pelicans are expecting better results after their embarrassing 112-93 loss to the Spurs. Jrue Holiday scored 12 points and added 9 rebounds and 7 assists, as he was the best player for New Orleans. The Warriors, meanwhile, are coming off a 113-101 loss at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers. Klay Thompson had a team-high 30 points.

Based on each team's statistical profile, ball protection could play an integral role in this matchup. New Orleans commits the third-fewest miscues in the NBA (TO% of 13.6%), while Golden State's disruptive defense forces the fourth-most (opponents' TO% of 67.6%). Moreover, the Warriors rank fourth in eFG% at 54.0%, whereas the bottom-tier field-goal defense of the Pelicans places 30th with opponents connecting at a clip of 53.1%.


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