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Warriors at Pelicans preview: The last roadblock

Golden State faces Anthony Davis in New Orleans for the final installment of their road trip.

Golden State Warriors v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Game Information

Golden State Warriors (21-4) at New Orleans Pelicans (8-17)

How to watch?

Date: Tuesday December 13, 2016

Location: Smoothie King Center — New Orleans, LA

Time: 5:00pm PST

TV: CSN Bay Area Radio: 95.7 THE GAME

Team Comparison

Almost there.

It’s been just over a week since the Golden State Warriors last played at home. But in that time, they’ve completed two back-to-backs on the road and will enter their final game of this five game road trip with a tidy 3-1 record.

The trip hasn’t been pretty, but the road Warriors have found ways to get the job done. Sometimes it was their defense, other times a hot hand, and in their most recent game, the old guard — Andre Iguodala, David West and Shaun Livingston — stepped up to turn the tides.

Who will start at center?

One of the biggest questions for Tuesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans is who will step up in the center position for the Warriors? Zaza Pachulia has missed two games with an injured wrist and figures to miss more.

With Pachulia out, head coach Steve Kerr started Anderson Varejao in Pachulia’s place against the Memphis Grizzlies. Varejao’s play “earned” him a DNP for the following game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevon Looney was inserted into the starting lineup.

Whoever is starting in the Warriors’ front court will have a tall task (literally), as they will be facing the immensely talented, not to mention just plain immense, Anthony Davis.

The Anthony Davis Show

This will already be the third match-up between the Warriors and the Pelicans this season. The Warriors won both of their previous games but Davis was able to score 45 and 33 points in those games. He also racked up 17 and 13 rebounds, respectively.

Despite Davis’ amazing basketball prowess, he suffers from a weak supporting cast. Pelicans’ bench player, Tim Frazier, notched a triple double in their previous game against the Phoenix Suns, which was just enough to help eke out a one-point win in overtime. But the Pelicans’ losing record shows that there just isn’t enough help for the talented Davis for them to consistently win games.

Davis himself hasn’t gone thermonuclear for his past few games. His last dominant game was a 37 point, 15 rebound and four block performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But even then, the Pelicans lost by nine.

The combo of Looney, West, JaVale McGee, Damian Jones and oh-God-why-is-he-going-to-the-scorer’s-table-Varejao likely won’t be able to stop Davis; but they can stop the other Pelicans. In the end, the W is what’s important so hopefully the Warriors can step on the gas early, contain every Pelican not named Davis and return home having overcome this last roadblock.

Jason’s Predictions

Score: Warriors 111 - Pelicans 95

High Scorers: Stephen Curry (GSW) and Anthony Davis (NOP)

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