Preview: Miami Heat at New Orleans Pelicans

Oct 17, 2013; Tulsa, OK, USA; New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts to a play in action against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter at BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat will play a team called the Pelicans for the first time Wednesday night. That’s kind of cool.

The Heat will play the New Orleans Pelicans, who have not lost yet this preseason, Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET at the New Orleans Arena. The Pels (6-0) have not yet lost a preseason game while the Heat (4-2) have dropped two of the last three preseason games and have just two left.

The Pelicans enter this season as one of the most intriguing teams in the NBA having added a lot of new faces to go along with the team’s new identity, including guards Tyreke Evens (who will not play due to an ankle injury he suffered in team’s preseason opener against the Houston Rockets) and “Dat Boi” Jrue Holiday.

Last year’s first overall pick Anthony Davis will look to build on a very promising rookie campaign this season and should give Chris Bosh a good test in a matchup between two very athletic bigs. New Orleans, now, is an intriguingly athletic team that will be able to run the floor with the Heat. And they plan to.

For the Heat, Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem are expected to return. The Heat rotation will be tighter now that the team has trimmed the roster to 17 by waiving Jarvis Varnado, Charlie Westbrook and Larry Drew II earlier this week.

This may end up being one of those games where the opponent gets up more than the Heat. For New Orleans, this is the biggest game of their preseason — a real bench mark opportunity. For the Heat, they are looking to wrap up this preseason as healthy as possible.

Topics: Anthony Davis, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Preview, Ray Allen, Udonis Haslem

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