Williamson, Pelicans set for matchup against the Magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
 
 
Posted4/21/2021 7:00 AM

New Orleans Pelicans (25-33, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (18-40, 14th in the Eastern Conference)

Orlando; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT

 

BOTTOM LINE: Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans play the Orlando Magic. Williamson currently ranks eighth in the league scoring 26.9 points per game.

The Magic are 10-20 in home games. Orlando is 5-22 when outrebounded by opponents and averages 45.4 rebounds per game.

The Pelicans have gone 9-18 away from home. New Orleans leads the Western Conference with 11.7 offensive rebounds per game led by Steven Adams averaging 3.8.

The teams square off for the second time this season. The Magic won the last meeting 115-110 on April 1. Wendell Carter Jr. scored 21 points to help lead Orlando to the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: Wendell Carter Jr. is second on the Magic scoring 14.5 points per game, and is averaging 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Cole Anthony is averaging 10.7 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 35.2% over the last 10 games for Orlando.

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Williamson leads the Pelicans averaging 26.9 points while adding 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Adams is shooting 56.8% and averaging 7.2 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

LAST 10 GAMES: Magic: 1-9, averaging 102.9 points, 40.2 rebounds, 20.7 assists, 8.1 steals and five blocks per game while shooting 43.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.7 points on 49.4% shooting.

Pelicans: 4-6, averaging 113.6 points, 49.5 rebounds, 25.3 assists, 8.1 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.9 points on 48.0% shooting.

INJURIES: Magic: Otto Porter Jr.: out (foot), Markelle Fultz: out for season (knee), Michael Carter-Williams: out (ankle), Jonathan Isaac: out for season (knee), Terrence Ross: out (back), James Ennis III: out (calf).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Pelicans: James Johnson: out (adductor), Nickeil Alexander-Walker: out (ankle), Josh Hart: out (thumb).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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