Both franchises depend greatly on their superstars as New York needs Carmelo Anthony and New Orleans needs Anthony Davis. Both players are the face of each franchise and carry the burden to win for their team, but the outcome of Wednesday night’s matchup will be decided by each team’s reserves.
New York is facing a big challenge Wednesday night against the Pelicans. New Orleans has shown lots of growth and potential throughout this season, and they have also won six out of their last seven games. New York’s rotation must be prepared for the Pelicans. Last time these two teams met, the Pelicans’ reserves scored 67 points which led to a 103-99 victory for New Orleans at Madison Square Garden. The Pelicans are currently missing starters Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson to injuries which make their rotational players even more important.
Carmelo has struggled trying to win by himself throughout his time in New York. To beat the Pelicans, New York and Carmelo will need help from their bench players. Some important key reserves for the Knicks are Metta World Peace, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr.With solid production from all three of these bench players, the Knicks could be in trouble.
A key matchup to pay attention to tonight is between Carmelo and Al-Farouq Aminu. Anthony’s greatest challenge against the Pelicans will be shaking the defense of Aminu. My bet is that this will be a close game until the end of the fourth quarter.