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Five things to know about the Pelicans on Oct. 30, 2019

1)      On this Western Conference Wednesday, the conference has so much parity that there are only two undefeated teams left through eight nights of action, San Antonio (3-0) and Minnesota (3-0). The most noteworthy Tuesday result in the West took place in Denver, where Dallas (3-1) handed the Nuggets (3-1) their first loss. At this exceptionally early juncture, eight West teams have winning records, including three squads that did not qualify for the postseason in the spring (Wolves 3-0, Lakers 3-1, Mavericks 3-1). Portland (2-2), Golden State (1-2) and Oklahoma City (1-3) were playoff entrants in ’19.

2)      Taking a look at power rankings released early in the week, the Pelicans were No. 21 on ESPN.com’s list, with the site writing “It has been a bummer of a start for the Pelicans, particularly because of the knee surgery that will sideline No. 1 pick Zion Williamson for six to eight weeks. But Brandon Ingram has been a major bright spot…” Other lists had New Orleans at No. 20 (The Athletic), No. 22 (SI.com), No. 23 (NBA.com) and No. 25 (CBS).

3)      Watch Tuesday post-practice interviews with rookies Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

4)      Alvin Gentry and Kenrich Williams also spoke to the media Tuesday.

5)      New Orleans (0-4) will host Denver (3-1) at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, in a game broadcast nationally by TNT. It will be the fourth national TV game for the Pelicans among their first five games.

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