The New Orleans Pelicans are trying to break out of a seven-game losing streak and may have found just the right opponent. The Golden State Warriors, who visit the Pelicans on Saturday, were making their mark as one of the better defensive teams while winning 11 of 12 games but were terrible on that end in back-to-back losses this week. The Warriors have not lost three in a row since Nov. 20-23 - a slide that ended with a 102-101 win at New Orleans.The Pelicans are battling hard but have not had the manpower to overcome the losses of Ryan Anderson (herniated disc) and Jrue Holiday (stress fracture) along with Tyreke Evans (ankle). Evans, who has missed the last three games, might be ready for Saturday but both Anderson and Holiday are out indefinitely, putting the scoring load on guard Eric Gordon and forward Anthony Davis. Those two will need to figure out a way to outscore Golden State bombers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who combined to score 63 and went 12-for-19 from 3-point range in a 127-121 loss at Oklahoma City on Friday.TV: 8 p.m. ET, CSN Bay Area (Golden State), FSN New OrleansABOUT THE WARRIORS (25-16): Curry and Thompson put on a show Friday night but it was nothing compared to the one Kevin Durant (54 points) put up on the other side as Golden State had no answer defensively for the game's best scorer. The Warriors have surrendered an average of 125 points on 56.1 percent shooting in their last two games after allowing 93.9 points in the previous 12 contests. Golden State made a trade earlier in the week to boost its bench production and got a combined 12 points from Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks but neither was much help on the defensive end. Crawford went 2-for-14 from the field against New Orleans when he was with the Boston Celtics on Jan. 3.ABOUT THE PELICANS (15-23): New Orleans is 0-7 since Anderson's injury but very nearly snapped the drought on Wednesday before squandering a 17-point lead in a 103-100 home loss to the Houston Rockets. Gordon scored a season-high 35 points but the final shot went to Darius Miller, who could not knock down a 3-pointer. "It's tough," coach Monty Williams told reporters. "It's especially tough when there's so much attention on Eric and (Davis). Other guys have to knock down shots. If you look at our numbers, they're not that great from a few of our guys that we're counting on." Gordon managed just five points on 1-of-9 shooting in a 104-93 loss at Golden State on Dec. 17.BUZZER BEATERS1. Golden State has taken six straight in the series and three in a row in New Orleans.2. Curry's 37-point, 11-assist effort on Friday marked his league-leading fifth game of at least 30 points and 10 assists.3. Gordon is 12-for-19 from beyond the arc in the last four contests.PREDICTION: Warriors 108, Pelicans 101
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