Will Ferrell Stops By The Nest, Plus a Pelicans and Nuggets Preview

by Jordan McGuire on November 21, 2014

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Before we get to the game, let’s talk about this: Will Ferrell dressed in his finest Anthony Davis outfit with Pelicans’ GM Dell Demps. The Anchorman star is currently in New Orleans filming Daddy’s Home, which reunites him with his The Other Guys co-star Mark Wahlberg. The funny man is obviously now a Pelicans’ fan, while also channelling his inner Jackie Moon.

On Tuesday, the Pelicans erased a nine-point halftime deficit and outscored the Kings thirty-one to fifteen in the third quarter. The Pelicans scored sixty-one points in the second half alone to outlast the Kings in Sacramento 106-100. A solid team win for the Pelicans squad that only committed six turnovers throughout the entire game.

Next, the Pelicans will travel to Denver to face an athletic Nuggets unit fresh off a victory against the fiercely depleted Oklahoma City Thunder. The Nugget’s starters combined to score a total of seventy-four out of their 107 points, 69% of their final offensive output.

Ty Lawson had himself a game with fifteen points to go along with fifteen assists. Anthony Davis’ Team USA teammate, Kenneth Faried, was held to only eight points and brought in ten rebounds. A good sign for the Pelicans is the performance by the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka. The Spaniard logged thirty-seven minutes and scored twenty-two points while grabbing thirteen rebounds.

This will be the third of four road games for the irrepressible Pelicans. Hopefully they can get substantial minutes from Omer Asik who has missed the past two games with an ailing back injury. Asik valuably contributes on both ends of the court as his season averages are near double-double worthy with nine points per game and ten rebounds per game. The Turkish-born big man also adds a little over a block a game which will help defend interior players, Faried and Timofey Mozgov.

Another question that desperately needs to be answered is the play of Pelican Eric Gordon. He ended with season-high seventeen points in the win against the Kings and shot 50% from beyond the arc, going three of six. He was a bright spot for the Pels on Tuesday night and will hopefully remain consistent as the year progresses.

Once again, Ryan Anderson downed four three pointers en route to his twenty-two points. His energy, IQ and his ability to find open areas on the court is much appreciated for a recently unselfish Pelicans squad. He provides floor spacing and dead-eye accuracy from distance. Anderson has all the capability of winning his second 6th Man of the Year award.

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We will see a possible Faried matchup with Anderson when the Pelicans play with their small lineup. This could be a major factor if AD is able to isolate Mozgov in the mid post. AD’s quick first step is almost unstoppable and Brian Shaw may have to go to Shaqtin’ A Fool’s frontman JaVale McGee instead of Mozgov.

If Asik can shell out costly minutes, the Pelicans can win the interior game both offensively and defensively. Can the perimeter defense of Tyreke, Jrue and Eric Gordon contain the quick Lawson, along with perimeter scorers Wilson Chandler and Aaron Afflalo? Can the Pelicans hold on to a lead on the road in the fourth quarter for the second straight game? Will the Mile High City’s thin air effect the Pelicans’ fatigue? We will see come 8:00pm CST on Friday, November 21.

My Prediction: Pelicans 103 – Nuggets 99