Warriors diversion day: Can Golden State hoop Pelicans’ Cousins, Davis?

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Warriors during Pelicans

Time: 6:30 p.m. PT

Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans

Coaches: Steve Kerr, 4th deteriorate with Warriors (207-40 with Warriors and overall); Alvin Gentry, 3rd deteriorate with Pelicans (64-101 with Pelicans, 399-471 overall)

On air: TV on ESPN, NBC Sports Bay Area; Radio on 95.7 The Game

Records: Warriors (0-1); Pelicans (0-1)

Projected starters: Warriors: PG Stephen Curry (22 ppg, 4 apg), SG Klay Thompson (16 ppg, 6 rpg), SF Kevin Durant (20 ppg, 5 rpg), PF Draymond Green (9 ppg, 11 rpg), C Zaza Pachulia (6 ppg, 3 rpg)

Pelicans: PG Jrue Holiday (4 ppg, 4 apg), SG E’twaun Moore (11 ppg, 4 rpg), SF Dante Cunningham (7 ppg, 9 rpg), PF Anthony Davis (33 ppg, 18 rpg), C DeMarcus Cousins (28 ppg, 10 rpg)

Warriors repairs report:
SF Omri Casspi (left ankle sprain) is out. PF Draymond Green (left knee strain) is questionable. SF Andre Iguodala (back strain) is probable.

Pelicans repairs report: C Alexis Ajinca (right knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), SF Solomon Hill (left hamstring tear), PG Frank Jackson (right feet fracture) and PG Rajon Rondo (left core flesh injury) are out.

Line: Warriors by 8.5 points

Things to watch:

Will Draymond Green play? The Warriors are speedy by Green’s swell from a stretched left knee that forced him to skip a fourth entertain of Tuesday’s season-opening detriment to a Rockets. After an MRI suggested no constructional repairs to his knee, Green entirely participated in use Thursday night. He was seen operative by his sharpened slight with no issues. Now, Green is controversial for Friday’s diversion in New Orleans. Odds are that, if he sits out, it’ll be precautionary.

How will a Warriors hoop New Orleans’ frontcourt? Golden State has nonetheless to face a twin of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. In a usually time a Warriors have played a Pelicans given Cousins’ arrival, Cousins (right Achilles tendinitis) and Davis (sore left knee) were sidelined with injuries. New Orleans, with a process gait and importance on personification inside, is rather of an misconception in a NBA these days. It will be intriguing to see either Golden State’s core revolution of Zaza Pachulia, David West and JaVale McGee is adult to a task. If Green is out, rookie Jordan Bell total to assistance copiousness as well.

How will Golden State respond to a season-opening loss? After clearly removing improved this past summer, a Warriors kicked off a much-hyped deteriorate with a thud. They consumed a 13-point, fourth-quarter lead as they fell to a Rockets, 122-121. It frequency helped, of course, that Green missed those final 12 mins with his knee injury. Regardless of either Green is behind Friday, Golden State will try to exorcise a memory of Tuesday with a bounce-back opening opposite a Pelicans.

Quotable: “There are really few bigs in a joining anymore anyway from 20 years ago. So, we consider this is substantially an anomaly. But it’s a challenge. It’s a opposite character of invulnerability that we have to play from what you’re flourishing accustomed to in a NBA these days.” – Steve Kerr on a Pelicans’ frontcourt of Cousins and Davis

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: cletourneau@sfchronicle.com. Twitter: @Con_Chron

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