Fixture: San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date and time: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 9:30 pm E.T. (Thursday, 2:30 am GMT)
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
All eyes will be on a 199-year old when New Orleans Pelicans face San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Being considered as the best prospect in the NBA since LeBron James in 2003, Zion Williamson is expected to make his debut on Wednesday. He showed glimpses of his ability in the pre-season where he averaged 23.3 points per game in four preseason outings while shooting 71.4%.
Apart from Zion, the Pelicans have had a few more injuries to worry about this season. After the departure of Anthony Davis in the pre-season, the Pelicans have struggled this season. They are currently 12th in the Western Conference 17-27.
Their Wednesday’s opponents, San Antonio Spurs, are one of the teams that have been consistently making it to the playoffs in the recent times. But this season, they have struggled for consistency. They are currently ninth in the Western Conference with a win-loss record of 19-23. DeMar DeRozan has been a consistent performer for them, averaging 22.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
Zion says his body feels better in terms of flexibility and says he’s been working on his landings a lot.
Talks about not landing straight-legged. Says he can show us more than he can tell us.
— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) January 21, 2020
Injury updates and team news
New Orleans Pelicans-
Injuries: Zion Williamson (Knee)- Questionable, Josh Hart (Left ankle)- Questionable, Jahil Okafor (Knee)- Questionable, Derrick Favors (Back)- Spurs, Jrue Holiday (Elbow)- Probable, Kenrich Williams (Hamstring)- Probable, Darius Miller (Achillies)- Out
Expected starting line-up: Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes
San Antonio Spurs-
Injuries: DeMarre Carroll (Illness)- Out, Rudy Gay (Illness)- Probable
Expected starting line-up: Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, DeMar DeRozan, Trey Lyles, LaMarcus Aldridge
While San Antonio Spurs will be looking for their third consecutive victory, a New Orleans Pelicans side rejuvenated with the return of Zion Williamson might deny them the victory.