Pelicans Struggle on Three-Game Losing Streak Against the Spurs

The New Orleans Pelicans (45-31, seventh in the Western Conference) will face off against the San Antonio Spurs (18-58, 15th in the Western Conference) on Friday at 8 p.m. EDT. The Pelicans are coming into the matchup on a three-game losing streak.

The Spurs have a record of 10-30 in games decided by 10 points or more and are ranked last in the league for shooting efficiency with 46.2% from the field this season. On the other hand, the Pelicans are shooting slightly lower at 48.6% from the field but are ranked third in the league for rebounding with an average of 47.9 rebounds per game and allowing just 110.6 points per game to their opponents.

This will be their fourth meeting this season, with the Pelicans winning all three previous contests against the Spurs, including a narrow victory on Feb. 3 by a score of 114-113 where Zion Williamson led with an impressive performance of scoring 33 points while Devin Vassell scored 28 for Spurs.

Key players for the Pelicans include Jonas Valanciunas, who is averaging an impressive 56.0% shooting and has been instrumental in their recent successes and Williamson who has been playing well recently scoring an average of 24.1 points over his last ten games, while Brandon Ingram is out due to injury for this matchup . For the Spurs, Victor Wembanyama is averaging an impressive performance as he scores an average of 21.2 points per game while grabbing a significant amount of rebounds with an average of 7 rebounds per contest . Vassell has also been playing well lately and is averaging around 7 points over his last ten games .

In their last ten games, both teams have shown similar results as they both have a record of 5-5 , However, The spurs have slightly higher scoring average (SASP) than pelicans (NOLP) that is about one point difference(SASP =avg score + avg opponent’s score) . Also worth mentioning that Alvarado and Sochan from pelicans along with Johnson , Barlow ,and Bassey from spurs are dealing with various injuries that may affect their performance on Friday’s matchup

By Samantha Johnson

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