4 bold predictions for New Orleans Pelicans entering 2020-21 NBA season

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Pelicans Make NBA Playoffs As One Of Seeds In Western Conference

This season, the Pelicans will find a lot of success, but will also face some challenges along the way. No matter who is brought in as head coach, there are always some learning curves and Stan Van Gundy is a coach who always looks to get the most out of his guys. Van Gundy is a great players coach, but often challenges his youth to get the most out of them.

It will be interesting to see how he challenges Zion and Ingram to lead this team and how he challenges the youth of this roster to better themselves over the course of the season. His coaching methods are by no means a cause for concern for the Pelicans, but they will struggle at times over the course of the season, it is all about how they adjust on the fly and set themselves up for success game-after-game. 

Nothing in the NBA is a given, especially in the Western Conference and with there being only 72 games in this year’s season, every win and every loss matters just a little bit more. Wins at the beginning of the year could ultimately be the difference in a team making the playoffs in the Western Conference this year and a loss could end up coming back to bite them! 

We will learn early on in the 2020-21 season if the Pelicans are a legit playoff team in the West and be able to see what kind of team they will be this year. Over the first month of the season, they must have a winning record to have a shot at being one of the final teams to make the playoffs. 

Near the end of the season, the Pelicans will have to fight, but they will ultimately end up making the playoffs as the 7-seed or 8-seed in the Western Conference. This roster is too talented and too deep to be kept out of the playoffs again and with Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram fully healthy, this team is a force to be reckoned with.

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