The Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans are battling for a spot in the first NBA play-in tournament, but Monday's game in New Orleans will feature a battle of a different kind. The latest collaboration between ESPN and Marvel will result in a first-of-its-kind alternate broadcast, NBA Special Edition Presented by State Farm: Marvel's Arena of Heroes.
The special themed broadcast will air on ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes, with the traditional game telecast on ESPN and featuring a custom storyline below with iconic Marvel characters including Iron Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Captain America, Black Widow and Doctor Strange.
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!
As part of the storyline, three players from each team will rack up "Marvel Hero Points," which will be tracked on the broadcast. The players -- Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins from the Warriors, and Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball from the Pelicans, will earn points as follows:
One Marvel Hero Point will be awarded for every point, rebound, assist, steal and block
One Marvel Hero Point will be deducted for every missed field goal, free throw or turnover
The player with the most Marvel Hero points on the winning team will be crowned as Marvel's first Champion following the game.
Watch Warriors vs. Pelicans at 7:30 p.m. ET: