Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans: Injury Report, Predicted Lineups
The New Orleans Pelicans host the Orlando Magic in their second preseason game of the 2021-22 NBA season.
The Pelicans are coming off a three-point loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, while the Magic lost to the Boston Celtics by a single point.
The New Orleans Pelicans lost 21 points near the end of the third quarter but had an incredible fourth period. However, a last-second block from McKinley Wright IV sealed the deal for the Timberwolves. Nickeil Alexender-Walker and Trey Murphy scored 22 and 21 points off the bench, respectively. Brandon Ingram contributed 14 points on 5-9 shooting from the field.
The Orlando Magic are coming off an electric game at TD Garden, as the more than 19,000 fans in attendance even made a preseason matchup look like a playoff matchup. The game was very close. The Magic held a five-point lead with a minute to go, but the Celtics came back and won the game with a triple winner from Romeo Langford. The Magic’s leading scorer was Cole Anthony from the bench, who had 16 points on 6-12 shooting, including 4-7 from the center. Mo Bamba had a great game with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks.
Orlando Magic injury report
The Orlando Magic had the same four players on the injury report as in the last game. Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz are rehabbing from a left knee injury. Chuma Okeke remains out of it due to a bone bruise on his right hip, while Michael Carter-Williams recovers from his left ankle injury. Robin López did not play the last game due to the coach’s decision.
New Orleans Pelicans Injury Report
Zion Williamson will remain out of the game during the current preseason games due to a foot injury. The team announced last week that he underwent surgery to repair a fifth metatarsal fracture in his right foot. Jonas Valanciunas did not play the last game due to a strain on his right thumb, but it is likely for this game. Also, Jaxson Hayes is on the injury report for the game against Orlando Magic due to a sprained left ankle. Hayes played 20 minutes in the last game and recorded eight points, five rebounds, and two blocks.
Orlando Magic vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Planned Lineups
The Orlando Magic could return to the starting lineup from their last game against Boston.
Jalen Suggs and Gary Harris formed the backcourt with Suggs directing the point. Terrence Ross was the small forward and Franz Wagner was the power forward, while Wendell Carter Jr. started as the center.
However, it is important to note that this is a preseason game, so coach Jamahl Mosley will likely experiment with different rotations. Coach Mosley gave 10 different men nearly 20 minutes in the last game and players like Cole Anthony, RJ Hampton, and Mo Bamba could see the starting lineup.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans started Devonte Graham at point guard in his final game and Garrett Temple joined him in the backcourt as two guards. Brandon Ingram played the second-highest minutes (23) on the team as a small forward. Naji Marshall was the power forward while Willy Hernangomez was the center.
Trey Murphy had the most minutes at 30 and will also be a major contributor in this game. Other players like Alexander-Walker, Josh Hart, and Herbert Jones are likely to see decent minutes as well.