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NBA Preview: Pelicans likely need good perimeter shooting and strong defense to beat Clippers again

The New Orleans Pelicans will try to bounce back tonight from their second-most lopsided defeat of the season by surprising the Los Angeles Clippers once more.

In Saturday’s 127-105 loss to the Utah Jazz, the Pelicans were unable to get three-pointers to drop regularly until the game had gotten away from them.

Looking at the numbers, outside shooting is proving to be a good barometer of New Orleans’ success. When the Pelicans have surpassed 40 percent from three-point range, they are 4-4 on the season. Finishes below that mark are responsible for a 1-13 record.