The NEW YORK and the NEW ORLEANS will both be gunning for a victory on 11/16/2018 at 8:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
NEW YORK KNICKS vs NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, November 16, 2018
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
|713||NEW YORK||-10 (-110)||227 (-110)||375
TV: 8:05 PM
PREDICTION: NEW ORLEANS , NEW YORK
Oddsmakers currently have the NEW ORLEANS listed as -10 point favorites versus the NEW YORK, while the game’s total is sitting at 227.
The New Orleans Pelicans have done nothing but streak this season and are hoping Wednesday’s setback at Minnesota doesn’t send the team into another tailspin. The Pelicans will try to avoid a losing streak when they host the lowly New York Knicks on Friday.
New Orleans, which began the season with four wins, followed that with six losses and then won three straight to pull above .500, fell into a 21-point hole in the second quarter against the Timberwolves and ran out of gas down the stretch. “You gotta start the game the right way, and we didn’t do it,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. “We dug ourselves a hole and spent too much energy getting out. We talked before about everything, putting ourselves in a position where we can catch the lead.” New Orleans should be able to score early and often against the Knicks, who are allowing an average of 123.7 points during a three-game slide and dropped the first stop of a three-game trip 128-103 at Oklahoma City on Wednesday. “With young teams that’s just how it is,” New York coach David Fizdale told reporters. “If everybody was a complete player right now, I think we’d be in a lot different situation record-wise.”
TV: 8 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), FS New Orleans
ABOUT THE KNICKS (4-11): Fizdale changed his lineup on Wednesday to get more offense in the starting unit with Emmanuel Mudiay and Kevin Knox replacing Frank Ntilikina and Damyean Dotson. Mudiay handed out five assists for a New York team that is last in the NBA in assist average (19) but combined with Knox to go 7-of-21 from the floor. “We have a microcosm of how I’d like our guys to play,” Fizdale, who remains optimistic about his young squad, told reporters of the new lineup and its intended results. “Fast, athletic, disruptive.”
ABOUT THE PELICANS (7-7): New Orleans fell in Minnesota but shooting guard E’Twaun Moore kept up his recent run of solid play with a season-high 31 points. Moore scored in single digits in back-to-back games before going for 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting in a win over Phoenix and following that up with 30 points on 13-of-18 from the floor in a victory at Toronto on Monday. The Pelicans could use more from the second unit, which combined for five points on 2-of-11 shooting on Wednesday as power forward Julius Randle slumped to three points – the first time this season he failed to reach double figures.
1. Pelicans PF Nikola Mirotic (ankle) returned from a two-game absence on Wednesday but will undergo an MRI on Thursday and is day-to-day.
2. Knicks rookie C Mitchell Robinson blocked three shots on Wednesday – his fifth straight game with multiple blocks.
3. New York dropped four of the last five meetings but earned a 105-103 win in its trip to New Orleans last season.
PREDICTION: Pelicans 130, Knicks 110