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Pelicans Injury Update: Is Zion Williamson Playing Tonight vs Kings After Resting the Previous Game?

Published 11/20/2023, 11:22 AM EST

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The New Orleans Pelicans are facing the Sacramento Kings tonight. The Kings, on the other hand, eyeing their seven-match winning streak. Out of that, they won 3 games on-road. The Pelicans marginally lost their last match to the Western Conference top-seeder Minnesota Timberwolves. The score stood at 120-121.

The Pelicans sensation was rested in the Wolves match. However, Brandon Ingram almost won the match for his team with his heroics, but just fell a point short. He scored 30 points. Before the ninth-seeded Pelicans face the fourth-seeded Kings tonight, let us have a quick insight on their injury report. Also, will Zion Williamson start tonight after their loss?

Zion Williamson is expected to start

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Zion Williamson was rested last match. He is not suffering from any injury. There is no news regarding his injury from the Pelicans’ end. It is safe to assume that he will be starting against the Kings tonight. In an X (formerly Twitter) post by the Pelicans’ social media handle, the injury report gives us a clearer picture.

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Jose Alvarado and Matt Ryan are questionable for tonight’s match. Apart from that, CJ McCollum (right lung small pneumothorax), Trey Murphy (left knee partial meniscectomy), Larry Nance Jr. (right rib fracture) are ruled out. Five players are out from the Pelicans’ end.

It is evidently clear that Zion will start tonight in this situation. Both Zion and Ingram have a noteworthy chemistry between themselves and will be eyeing to win the next match. Ingram in particular, attempted a throw in the final second last match, but it did not go in. He will be eager to put the Pelicans into winning ways.

Heart-touching move from Pelicans’ players

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In another post shared by the Pelicans’ X handle, Pelicans player, CJ McCollum hosted an event where he and Trey Murphy passed out groceries to families in New Orleans for Thanksgiving. Fans and the NBA world welcome the move.

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Zion is a key asset for the Pelicans. The Kings need to be very careful while guarding him. What will be the score tonight when they host the Kings tonight? Comment below with your predictions.

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Aviroop Mukherjee

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Aviroop is an NBA writer for Essentially Sports. His love for basketball initiated from his school days, where he at times practiced with the school basketball team. Following the League since 2018, he's in awe of King James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Saumya Khanduja