SAN FRANCISCO – After two months as the NBA's busiest vagabonds, the Warriors can settle in for a while, beginning Friday night, when they open their longest homestand of the season against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff at Chase Center scheduled for 7:40.
Upon returning to the Bay Area early Thursday morning, the Warriors (5-24) had played 17 road games, more than any team in the league. Though they have lost five in a row and nine of their last ten, five games at home over a nine-day period could provide a helpful measure of stability.
The Pelicans (7-22) have had their usual injury woes, most notably to heralded rookie Zion Williamson, but snapped a 13-game losing streak on Wednesday with a win over the Timberwolves in Minneapolis.
The teams split two previous games, both in New Orleans, with the Warriors taking a 134-123 win on Oct. 28 and the Pelicans a 108-100 victory on Nov. 17.
F – Kenrich Williams
F – Brandon Ingram
C – Derrick Favors
G – J.J. Redick
G – Jrue Holiday
F – Glenn Robinson III
F – Draymond Green
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
G – Damion Lee
G – D'Angelo Russell
Pelicans: F Darius Miller (R Achilles' tendon surgery) and F Zion Williamson (R knee arthroscopic surgery) are listed as out.
Warriors: F Eric Paschall (L hip soreness) is listed as probable. G Stephen Curry (L hand fracture) and G Klay Thompson (R ACL rehab) are listed as out. G Ky Bowman and F Alen Smailagic are on assignment with G-League Santa Cruz.
Pelicans: Ingram has been the team's best player this season, averaging 25.3 ppg (12th in the NBA) and 7.1 rpg while shooting 39.6 pct. from deep . . . Redick is off to a terrific start, shooting 45.8 percent from deep. He's No. 17 on the career list of 3-pointers made, with 1,790 and is eight behind No. 16, Klay Thompson (1,798) and 37 behind Kobe Bryant (1,827) . . . SG Josh Hart has been solid off the bench, averaging 11.6 ppg and 6.0 rpg over 28.2 mpg . . . C Jaxson Hayes one of two rookies averaging at least 10 ppg, five rpg and one bpg this month. The other is Charlotte's P.J. Washington . . . New Orleans is 0-15 when outrebounded and 0-10 when trailing after one quarter on the road.
Warriors: The Warriors have been trying to increase tempo and had some success with it Wednesday at Portland, putting 103 FGs and draining a season-high 16 triples . . . Shooting 9-of-23 from the field against the Blazers, Russell extended to six his streak of games shooting below 50 percent . . . G/F Alec Burks, continuing to make positive contributions on offense, has scored in double figures in each of the last 11 games, averaging 16.8 points . . . C/F Marquese Chriss has posted double-doubles in three of the last four games . . . The Warriors have won 12 of the last 13 home games against the Pelicans, who are making the first appearance at Chase Center.
Officials: Zach Zarba (crew chief), Rodney Mott, Jonathan Sterling.
Warriors vs. Pelicans watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area