The New Orleans Pelicans look to halt a six-game losing streak when they host the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. New Orleans is waiting on projected impact rookie Zion Williamson (knee surgery) to make his NBA debut and the club is suffering in the meantime.
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The Pelicans were drubbed 118-97 by the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday and have allowed an average of 118.3 points during the slide. New Orleans has never found its stride during the absence of Williamson though small forward Brandon Ingram has emerged as a go-to player and is averaging 25.4 points per game. Phoenix has dropped seven of its last nine games with the troubles continuing with Wednesday's 128-114 road loss against the Orlando Magic. The Suns have given up least 120 points in seven of their past nine setbacks.
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ABOUT THE SUNS (9-11): Star guard Devin Booker tallied just 17 points against the Magic and was limited to 30 minutes after taking a hard fall in the opening quarter and injuring his back. Booker returned later in the half but never found his mark while scoring fewer than 20 points for the fourth time in the past seven games. Forward Frank Kamisnky stood out against Orlando with a season-best 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting and is averaging 17.5 points over the past two games.
ABOUT THE PELICANS (6-15): Coach Alvin Gentry said a series of injuries have prevented New Orleans from establishing a firm rotation and he noted that the team can get there once Williamson is healthy later this month. "At some stage we have to get to the point where (every player) has the feeling that I'm going to go in and play these (amount of) minutes," Gentry told reporters. "Obviously, that changes if someone is going great (within a specific game) or there if foul trouble, but we have to get to that." Ingram scored 24 points against Dallas and has reached 20 or more in each of his last 11 appearances.
1. Ingram scored 28 points as the Pelicans registered a 124-121 road win over the Suns on Nov. 21 with SF Kelly Oubre Jr. leading Phoenix with 25 points.
2. New Orleans C Derrick Favors (mother's death) and F-G Kenrich Williams (birth of a child) are both listed as questionable.
3. Phoenix C Aron Baynes (calf) will likely miss his third straight game.
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New Orleans Pelicans
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Holiday is expected to play against the Celtics on Sunday despite left knee soreness.
- AnkleProb Fri | probable
Hart is expected to play Friday versus the Nuggets despite left ankle soreness.
- HamstringProb Fri | probable
Redick is battling a left hamstring strain, but he is likely to suit up against the Nuggets on Friday.
- BackOut indefinitely | out
Williams has been sidelined due to right lower-back soreness, and it is unclear when he will return to the lineup.
- Backday-to-day | questionable
Okafor has been held out of the past three games with a sore lower back, but it is expected that he will return against the Spurs on Wednesday.
- HamstringProb Wed | probable
Redick is projected to be in Wednesday's lineup versus the Spurs despite a left hamstring strain.
- AnkleProb Wed | probable
Hart has a sore left ankle, but it is projected that he will play Wednesday versus the Spurs.
- ElbowProb Wed | probable
Holiday is anticipated to suit up against the Spurs on Wednesday despite a left elbow triceps strain.
- QuadricepOut indefinitely | out
Johnson is sidelined due to a right quadriceps contusion, and it is unknown when he will return to the lineup.
- AnkleQues Tues | questionable
Rubio is nursing a right ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will be available to face the Mavericks on Tuesday.
- HipOut indefinitely | out
Baynes has been absent from the lineup due to a sore left hip, and a timetable for return has yet to be established.
- ConcussionProb Mon | probable
Oubre Jr. has been held out of the last two games due to a concussion, but he is expected to be cleared in time for Monday's clash against the Spurs.
- PersonalProb Thurs | probable
Rubio is away from the team to be with his wife for the birth of their child. It is anticipated that he will be available against the Knicks on Thursday.