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It’s a battle of Western Conference teams in the city by the bay on the parquet floor. The New Orleans Pelicans are on the road as they make the trip to face the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night. New Orleans comes in off a 121-117 road win over the Clippers Monday night in their last contest. Golden State was on the road in Denver to face the Nuggets in a showdown of the top two teams in the Western Conference Tuesday night. The Warriors lead the all-time regular-season series between the teams 35-20 and have won 11 of the last 12 meetings, including a 131-121 home win in the first matchup this season on October 31, 2018.
New Orleans Pelicans Continue Road Swing
New Orleans won for the fourth time in five games as they took down the Clippers on the road. The Pelicans entered Tuesday 12th in the Western Conference standings, 2.5 games behind the Jazz for the final playoff spot. New Orleans trailed by four after the opening quarter, led by three at the half and extended their edge to 20 in the third quarter. The Pelicans saw it all slip away as they fell behind 101-100 with 7:47 to play before regrouping with a 10-1 run. New Orleans managed to hang on for the win after that. The Pelicans shot 43.8 percent from the field, including eight of 25 from three point range, and forced 17 Clippers turnovers in the win. Anthony Davis led the way with 46 points and 16 rebounds in the win. New Orleans is 13-10 ATS on the road this season while the under is 15-8 in those games.
The Pelicans are 3rd in the league in scoring offense with 117 points per game. The Pelicans are 8th in rebounding with 46.9 boards per game while ranking 4th with 26.9 assists per contest. New Orleans is 26th in scoring defense as they give up 114.8 points per contest. Nikola Mirotic is fourth on the team with 16.4 points plus 8.7 rebounds per contest this season. Anthony Davis contributes a team high 29.4 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.59 blocks and 1.77 steals per contest. Julius Randle puts up 20 points plus 9.3 rebounds and E’Twaun Moore adds 12.5 points per game. Jrue Holiday (20.8 points, 8.2 assists, 1.7 steals) and Elfrid Payton (11 points, 5.4 assists) are also solid scoring options. Darius Miller, Solomon Hill, Ian Clark, Jahlil Okafor and Tim Frazier each are important role players for the Pelicans’ rotation. New Orleans is 3rd in field goal percentage shooting 48.1 percent from the floor. The Pelicans are tied for 22nd with 9.9 made threes per game and stand tied for 11th in the league by converting 35.5 percent from long range this season.
Golden State Warriors Return Home to Finish Back to Back Set
Golden State was on the road Tuesday night as they faced the Nuggets in a big Western Conference showdown. The Warriors entered that one half a game behind Denver for the top spot in the West: they led the Pacific Division by five games over the Clippers. Golden State is 5-1 in the second game of back to back situations this season. In those games, the Warriors put up 120 points a game, which exceeds their full-season average of 117.4 points per game. Golden State allows 112.8 points a game in those contests, which is slightly worse than their 111.7 points per game average. For the season, Golden State is 10-13 ATS at home this season while the under is 13-10 in those games.
The Warriors currently are 2nd in the league in scoring with 117.4 points per game. Golden State stands 9th in rebounding with 46.2 boards per contest. The Warriors are 1st in the league by dishing out 28.4 assists a night. Golden State is below average defensively as they are 20th in scoring defense, allowing 111.7 points a night. Kevin Durant is the team’s second-leading scorer this season, posting 28.2 points and 7.3 rebounds plus 6.1 assists per game. Stephen Curry is leading the team as he posts 29.4 points plus 5.6 assists while Klay Thompson contributes 21.7 points a night. Draymond Green chips in with seven points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.59 steals per game on the year. Andre Iguodala, Kevon Looney, Quinn Cook (7.8 points), Jonas Jerebko and Shaun Livingston are key complementary pieces for the Warriors’ rotation. The Warriors are 1st in the league as they are shooting 48.6 percent from the floor as a team this year. Golden State is 4th with 12.5 triples a night while the team is 4th by sinking 38.5 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. DeMarcus Cousins is ramping up his activity as he targets a January 18 return after suffering an Achilles injury back in February. Damian Jones suffered a torn pectoral in the loss to Detroit December 1 and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
- No Key Trends
- Pelicans are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win
- Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Pelicans are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS wi