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Warriors vs. Pelicans watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Pelicans watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

OAKLAND -- Less than 24 hours after their most impressive win of the season, the Warriors return to the court Wednesday night to face the New Orleans Pelicans.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 p.m. with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame. Tipoff at Oracle Arena is scheduled for 7:40.

The Warriors (30-14) returned to the top of the Western Conference on Tuesday in Denver with a rousing 142-111 rout of the Nuggets, who had been in first place. The win also extended the Warriors’ winning streak to five.

New Orleans (21-23) has been among the league’s most disappointing teams. Though star big man Anthony Davis is having a fabulous season, it has not translated to consistent team success. The Pelicans have had three losing streaks of at least four games and have not been above .500 since Nov. 23.

The teams met earlier this season, with the Warriors posting a 131-121 victory on Oct. 31 at Oracle.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant
F Draymond Green
C Kevon Looney
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Pelicans
G E’Twaun Moore
F Julius Randle
F Anthony Davis
G Jrue Holiday
G Elfrid Payton

INJURY REPORT

Warriors
DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles’ tendon rehab) and Damian Jones (left pectoral muscle surgery) are listed as out.

Pelicans
No injuries listed.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors
With no starter exceeding 31 minutes on Tuesday, the Warriors should be fairly well-rested for the second night of a back-to-back set. All 12 healthy players saw action.

Coach Steve Kerr likely will stay with the Curry-Durant combo sharing court time. The Warriors are 3-0 since making the move and both players are thriving.

Curry scored a game-high 37 points in the previous meeting and his career average of 25.6 per game against New Orleans is fifth-highest against any team.

Expect to see a similar defensive strategy applied to Davis as was applied to Denver’s Nikola Jokic. The Warriors will send occasional double-teams, especially inside 12 feet.

Given the pace at which the Pelicans play (sixth-fastest in the NBA), expect Kerr to make liberal use of his bench.

Pelicans
Though Davis totaled 46 points and 16 rebounds in a win Monday over the Clippers, the most effective players were Holiday (plus-24) and Randle (plus-21). Randle clearly has found a home, and Holiday has All-Star skills and is one of the three best two-way guards in the league.

PF Nikola Mirotic, replaced by Randle in the starting lineup, is in the Sixth Man role and is shooting a disappointing 34.7 percent from deep.

Moore is shooting 41.7 percent from deep, while Payton leads the team at 45.5 percent.

The Pelicans attack the offensive glass, ranking second in the NBA in that category.

Former Warrior Ian Clark, shooting 31 percent from deep and 36.1 percent overall, has fallen out of the rotation.

Warriors congratulate Raptors for winning NBA Finals with newspaper ad

Warriors congratulate Raptors for winning NBA Finals with newspaper ad

There's a new king of the NBA, and they hail up North. 

The Raptors, not the Warriors, are celebrating their championship Monday at a jam-packed parade. But Golden State still has a presence in Toronto. 

The Warriors congratulated the Raptors for winning the NBA Finals by taking out a full-page advertisement in Monday's edition of the Toronto Star. 

While the results weren't what they wanted, the Warriors understand the bigger picture. This title isn't just for Toronto, it's for all of Canada. Beating the Warriors in six games brought Raptors fans their first title ever since the franchise was created in 1995.

After playing in five straight Finals, the Warriors now face a huge offseason where they will try to re-sign injured stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

Monday, however, belongs to Toronto.

NBA draft 2019: Updated order after Lakers-Pelicans Anthony Davis trade

NBA draft 2019: Updated order after Lakers-Pelicans Anthony Davis trade

From the moment the 2019 NBA Draft lottery concluded on May 14, it was safe to assume the New Orleans Pelicans would end up acquiring the No. 3 overall pick from the Knicks or the No. 4 overall pick from the Lakers for Anthony Davis.

On Saturday, New Orleans and Los Angeles reportedly agreed to a blockbuster trade centering around the All-Star big man. One of the pieces headed to the Pelicans is indeed the No. 4 overall pick.

The trade hasn't officially been completed, and isn't expected to go through until July 6 at the earliest, but we can still update the NBA Draft order knowing that the player taken by the Lakers on Thursday eventually will end up in New Orleans along with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart.

Also, in case you forgot, the Pelicans own the No. 1 overall pick, which they almsot certainly will use to draft Duke star Zion Williamson.

The Warriors will pick at No. 28 in the first round and No. 58 in the second round. The latest mock drafts have some intriguing options going to Golden State.

As for the Kings, they don't have a first-round pick, but they own the No. 40, No. 47 and No. 60 picks in the second round.

Here's the refreshed 2019 NBA Draft order taking the trade into account:

First round

1. New Orleans
2. Memphis
3. New York
4. New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers)
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte
13. Miami
14. Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)
15. Detroit
16. Orlando
17. Brooklyn
18. Indiana
19. San Antonio
20. Boston (from LA Clippers via Memphis)
21. Oklahoma City
22. Boston
23. Utah
24. Philadelphia
25. Portland
26. Cleveland (from Houston)
27. Brooklyn (from Denver)
28. Golden State
29. San Antonio (from Toronto)
30. Milwaukee

Second round

31. Brooklyn (from New York via Philadelphia)
32. Phoenix
33. Philadelphia (from Cleveland via Orlando and New York)
34. Philadelphia (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers)
35. Atlanta
36. Charlotte (from Washington via Orlando, Denver and Atlanta)
37. Dallas
38. Chicago (from Memphis)
39. New Orleans
40. Sacramento (from Minnesota via Portland and Cleveland)
41. Atlanta (from Los Angeles Lakers via Cleveland and Indiana)
42. Philadelphia (from Sacramento via Brooklyn and Milwaukee)
43. Minnesota (from Miami via Charlotte)
44. Atlanta (from Charlotte)
45. Detroit
46. Orlando (from Brooklyn via Memphis and Charlotte)
47. Sacramento (from Orlando via New York)
48. LA Clippers
49. San Antonio
50. Indiana
51. Boston
52. Charlotte (from Oklahoma City)
53. Utah
54. Philadelphia
55. New York (from Houston)
56. LA Clippers (from Portland via Detroit and Orlando)
57. New Orleans (from Denver via Milwaukee)
58. Golden State
59. Toronto
60. Sacramento (from Milwaukee)