Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors will be playing against Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans tonight. As we are less than 10 games away from the end of the NBA regular season, several teams are fighting for a spot in the NBA playoffs and to avoid the play-in tournament. GSW is one of those teams and currently holds a record of 39 wins and 37 losses, giving them the 7th spot in the Western Conference.
They will be taking on the Pelicans, who have been struggling to remain in contention without Zion Williamson for most of this season. At the moment, the Pelicans have a record of 38 wins and 37 losses, placing them just one spot behind the Warriors as the 8th seed in the West.
As both these teams get ready to play, let us find out more about the injury reports and expected rosters for this game. After all, that will be helpful and aid in the formation of an expert prediction for this matchup.
Draymond Green is questionable for the Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans game tonight
While the other two GSW veterans, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson look healthy and good to go for tonight’s game, the same cannot be said about their co-star Draymond Green. According to the injury reports, Green is listed as questionable for this game due to a neck injury. Although it is unclear exactly how he suffered this injury, it most likely occurred in the Warriors’ recent loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Draymond is not as offensively talented when compared to Steph and Klay. However, he is still the defensive backbone and enforcer for the Warriors. If he is compromised for this game, the rest of the squad will have to step up and get this win. That said, here are the injury reports and expected rosters for both the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans.
Golden State Warriors injury report
- Andrew Wiggins (out)
- Andre Iguodala (out)
- Ryan Hollins (out)
- Ty Jerome (out)
- Draymond Green (questionable)
- Jordan Poole (questionable)
Golden State Warriors expected roster
- Stephen Curry
- Klay Thompson
- Donte DiVincenzo
- Jonathan Kuminga
- Kevon Looney
New Orleans Pelicans injury report
- Zion Williamson (out)
- Jose Alvarado (out)
- EJ Liddell (out)
New Orleans Pelicans expected roster
- Brandon Ingram
- CJ McCollum
- Trey Murphy III
- Herb Jones
- Jonas Valančiūnas
As we can tell from the reports, several players don’t look healthy for this game from both sides and might sit out. Although it is still possible for Draymond and Jordan Poole to play in this match, the rest are not expected to. In any case, here are the expert predictions for this game.
The Warriors are slightly favored over the Pelicans tonight
While this is still expected to be a very close game between two teams desperate to avoid the play-in tournament, GSW will be considered the favorites and expected to win this game. After all, Stephen Curry has been playing at an elite level for this team this season. He and Klay will be considered the best and most experienced duo on the court tonight.
Although it is still very possible for the Pelicans to win, they will simply not be favored to do so without Zion on the court. Moreover, the Pels are coming off a game against the Blazers and will be facing the Warriors in a back-to-back game. Since they will most certainly need to be rested and healthy to take on the 2022 defending champions, which is not the case for tonight, the Pelicans will be considered the underdogs for this match.