Zion Williamson won't play in Pelicans' play-in game due to injury.
Pelicans finished ninth in the West despite Williamson's absence.
Oklahoma City Thunder finished 10th in the West.
The winner will play Minnesota for a playoff spot on Friday.
Pelicans thrived in play-in format last season without Williamson.
Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum will lead Pelicans.
Thunder made major strides in rebuilding project.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the young Thunder team.
Williams and Dort are part of the impressive young Thunder squad.
Pelicans won three of four meetings against Oklahoma City this season.