A frustrated Pelican which trying to chase a Hawk will be the scenario in tonight’s game at Smoothie King center in New Orleans . Alvin Gentry’s new task as the new head coach for the pelicans have started in the worst possible way. The Pelican’s start of the NBA season 15/16 has been the worst in 11 years with four straight losses The negative flow for the Pelicans will remain after tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks at Smoothie King Center.
The turnaround that most Pelicans fans out there waiting for does not happen in tonight’s match against a strong Atlanta Hawks team which has started the league in the best possible manner with five straight wins. The Pelicans leads the Head to head statistic between the two teams marginally and in the last five meetings between the clubs, Pelicans has won four out of five games against the Atlanta Hawks, but this is history now. The weak start for the Pelicans could have been caused by the injury problems the New Orleans squad are suffering from, injuries has been reported from Tyreke Evans, Quincy Pondexter, Norris Cole, Omer Asik, Kendrick Perkins which all will be out against Atlanta tonight.
Alvin Gentry’s newly adapted tactics contains fast offensive basketball in purpose to open up for shooters and players with qualities which requiered to succeed with the tactic has been totally abscent, so it will take a while for him to succeed with his tactics if he’s going to succeed.
It takes time to get into a good flow, and flow as the Pelicans lacks is precisely what the Atlanta Hawks have and the key to their flow is mostly due to their solid defense. The strong Atlanta Hawks defense will be a problem for Pelican’s shooters to face and a big problem in the chase of a first victory.
Starting five New Orleans Pelicans: Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson, Dante Cunningham.
Starting five Atlanta Hawks: Dennis Schroeder, Jeff Teague, Alfred Horford, Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore
The match picture will be relatively tight with Pelicans in hunting position against a defensive and confident playing Atlanta Hawks. The New Orlean’s rapid offensive will just as quickly be met by the Hawks organized defensive and it will be invited to many fouls and many missed three pointers from the Pelicans. Hawk’s will win by a small margin in tonight’s game
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Moneyline , Atlanta Hawks @ 1.65
Over 205 points @ 1.91
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