ESPN will host Monday’s matchup between the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans and there will be a special ‘Marvel Arena of Heroe’ broadcast with tip off set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, and will air on NBC Sports in the Bay Area market.
The Marvel-themed broadcast will air on ESPN2 and is expected to feature your favorite superheroes, including Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Black Panther and Doctor Strange among others. The broadcast team for this epic Showdown between the Dubs and Pels are Ryan Ruocco, Richard Jefferson and Angelique Roche. The commentators will call the game from a special Marvel Studio.
Here’s an excerpt via Marvel on some more details for the broadcast and what it means for players on both teams:
After a narrow victory over an invading alien army, the Avengers receive an ominous threat from the enemy who vows to return in greater numbers and force. The Black Panther and Iron Man quickly realize they will need more help and form a plan to expand their ranks to fight this impending threat. Recognizing the superior physical abilities, agility, and tenacity of Earth’s greatest athletes, the Avengers will hold a series of contests where the winners earn the right to train and fight alongside them as Marvel’s Champions! The Avengers will begin their recruitment with the NBA elite and observe the battle between the Warriors and the Pelicans, focusing on three star players from each team.
If you aren’t around a TV to check out this NBA matchup, you can stream the game via WatchESPN or the ESPN app. But keep in mind that you need a cable-login subscription.
If you don’t have a cable login to access ESPN for a live stream, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.
The Warriors enter this game after making swift work of the Houston Rockets over the weekend. That ended a mini-two game skid for Golden State, which enters Monday in 9th place in the West, tied with the San Antonio Spurs. Stephen Curry finished the month of April average over 37 points per game. He had shooting splits that would make Nick Fury blush — 51/46/90. The Warriors remain the scariest potential play-in tournament team (maybe not the team, moreso Steph).
The Pelicans are 3.0 games out of the play-in picture in the West entering Monday with two straight wins. This line doesn’t matter much since Zion Williamson won’t win NBA MVP. He’s up to +25000 after not being listed most places at all. Williamson could carry the Pels to the play-in tournament and they’d have a chance to make some noise and sneak into the first round. Zion almost averaged 28 points per game while shooting almost 60 percent from the field in April. He nearly had a triple-double in Saturday’s OT win over the Timberwolves, scoring 37 points with 9 boards and 8 assists in 42 minutes. Williamson and Steph are two long-shot MVP candidates(?) who could face each other in the play-in tournament.