Raptors vs Bucks Live: Raptors vs Bucks Live Stream Online Watch The 2019-20 season began on October 23 with the Toronto Raptors winning against the Pelicans and the LA Clippers defeating the LA Lakers. Take a look at the upcoming game’s and squad details.
The New Orleans Pelicans opened their season against the defending champions Toronto Raptors and ended up on the losing side, 122-130. Their highest-scorer was Brandom Ingram, who got 22 points with five rebounds and five assists.
The New Orleans Pelicans visit the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Primetime clash on Saturday at 9pm and you can watch the game with our free live stream on skysports.com, the Sky Sports mobile app and YouTube channel.
The Pelicans’ start to the 2019-20 season has been tough. Having lost No 1 draft pick Zion Williamson to knee surgery before their opening game, and with injuries to veteran stars Jrue Holiday and Derrick Favors, the Pels have opened their campaign with four successive defeats.
Road losses to the Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets and two home reverses to the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors have left the Pelicans near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. They picked up their first win of the campaign on Thursday night with a 122-107 win over the Denver Nuggets.
One bright spot for New Orleans has been the play of young forward Brandon Ingram. The former Laker, sent to the Pelicans in the trade that shipped Anthony Davis to Los Angeles, has started the season in a rich vein of form, averaging 26.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game and making 51 per cent of his shots.
The Thunder have also endured a tough start to the season with just one win from their opening five games. Road losses to Western Conference heavyweights the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets are understandable, a 97-85 defeat at home to the Washington Wizards was not.
The Thunder’s sole victory did come against a notable opponent – the Golden State Warriors. With five players scoring in double figures, OKC blew out Steve Kerr’s side 120-92. Most of the new faces on the Warriors, so languid in lopsided losses to LA and Oklahoma City, took their cues from Draymond Green and matched his ferocious pace. It worked splendidly, allowing the Warriors to build leads as high as 29 while posting their first win of the season.
Green played with an urgency that suggested his paycheck was on the line, ringing up his 23rd career triple-double: 16 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists. Fellow veteran Stephen Curry delivered his most impressive performance thus far, with a team-high 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting (4-of-10 from deep), 11 assists, three steals and only one turnover.
Green’s energy, however, was even more contagious than Curry’s sheer efficiency. “The first couple nights, we didn’t compete at a level to be in an NBA game,” Green told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Kerith Burke. “Guys got fed up and came out and played with some energy and the result was different for us.
“In the first two games I didn’t set a good tempo,” Green added later. “We have a lot of young guys, and you have to … lead them, and that can go either way. The first couple of games I led them the wrong way and I have to be better. Tonight, I was better.”
To be fair, the Pelicans are a decent team but were missing two starters. Guard Jrue Holiday was out with a left knee sprain and big man Derrick Favors was idle with right knee soreness.
The Warriors had to exploit that, and they did. Coach Steve Kerr started a small lineup, matching up with New Orleans, and the quick start seemed to push the Warriors through most of the game.
“There was a level of intensity that we got to tonight, a level of energy, that we hadn’t seen the first two games,” Kerr told reporters at Smoothie King Center.