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.