It’s a battle of Western Conference teams with different outlooks for the final days of the regular season in the Big Easy. The Golden State Warriors are on the road as they face the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night. Golden State comes in off a 131-104 home win over the Clippers Sunday in their last contest. New Orleans edged Sacramento 133-129 on the road Sunday night in their previous contest. The Warriors lead the all-time regular season series 36-20 and have taken both meetings this season. That includes a 147-140 home win in the last matchup on January 16.
Golden State Warriors Ready for Postseason
Golden State rolled over the Clippers for their fifth straight win in the final home regular season game at the Oracle Arena. With the win, the Warriors clinched homecourt advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs. Golden State was up four after the opening quarter and by seven at the half before putting the game away with a 42-18 third quarter edge. The Warriors shot 54.6 percent from the field, including a 12 of 37 showing from three-point range, and forced 20 turnovers in the game. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 27 points in the win.
The Warriors currently are 2nd in the league in scoring with 117.8 points per game. Golden State stands 11th in rebounding with 46.1 boards per contest. The Warriors are 1st in the league by dishing out 29.5 assists a night. Golden State is below average defensively as they are 16th in scoring defense, allowing 111.1 points a night. The Warriors are 1st in the league as they are shooting 49.1 percent from the floor as a team this year. Golden State is 3rd with 13.3 triples a night while the team is 3rd by sinking 38.4 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. In the last 10 games, Kevin Durant has been solid for the Warriors as he puts up 18.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game while shooting 45.7 percent from the field. Klay Thompson has put up 15.4 points and 2.9 rebounds a night in that stretch while shooting 42.5percent from the field, including 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. Stephen Curry is contributing 24.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists a night while shooting 46.5 percent from the floor. As a team, the Warriors are 8-2 in that stretch: they are 5th in the league with 118.4 points per game and stand first in the league by shooting 51.5 percent from the floor.
New Orleans Pelicans Look for Upset In Regular Season Finale
New Orleans came up with a high-scoring road win over Sacramento Sunday night as they prepare to close a disappointing regular season here. The Pelicans, who are 12th in the Western Conference, have been eliminated from playoff contention, look for back to back wins here. New Orleans trailed by seven after the opening quarter, cut the deficit to two at the half and tied the game after three quarters. In the fourth, the Pelicans trailed 123-121 with under three minutes to play before reeling off an 11-3 run to go up six before holding onfor the win. New Orleans shot 51.5 percent from the field, including 19 of 42 from three-point range, and controlled the glass by a 55-47 margin. Ian Clark led the Pelicans with 31 points in the win.
The Pelicans are 3rd in the league in scoring offense with 115.6 points per game. The Pelicans are 5th in rebounding with 47.4 boards per game while ranking 3rd with 27 assists per contest. New Orleans is 28thin scoring defense as they give up 116.8 points per contest. New Orleans is 5th in field goal percentage shooting 47.4 percent from the floor. The Pelicans are tied for 20th with 10.3 made threes per game and 24th in the league by converting 34.5 percent from long range this season. New Orleans is 3-7 in their last 10 games and rank 11th in the league with 116.2 points per game. The Pelicans are 30th in scoring defense by allowing 125 points a night in that stretch. Julius Randle leads the team in the last 10 games with 23.6 points plus 8.4 rebounds a night while shooting 50.3 percent from the floor. Frank Jackson puts up 17.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and three assists per game: he is shooting 39.7 percent from the floor, including 41.4 percent from three-point range. The Pelicans have a lot of work to do in order to try and get back on track on both ends of the floor. Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore are both out for this contest, dealing damage to the Pelicans’ rotation.
- Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600
- Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Warriors are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
- Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall