It’s an inter-conference matchup between a pair of teams down in the Big Easy. The Atlanta Hawks try to get something going as they head to the southwest to face the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night. Atlanta lost its third straight game as they were defeated 113-94 on the road by the Wizards Saturday night. New Orleans won for the fourth time in five games as they dropped the Clippers 111-103 at home Saturday night. The Pelicans hold an 18-15 advantage in the all-time regular season series: the teams split two meetings last season with the road team prevailing in both contests.
Atlanta Hawks Sputtering in Season’s Early Going
Atlanta has lost three straight and dropped their record to 2-11 on the year with the loss in the nation’s capital. The Hawks trailed by seven at the half and nine after three quarters before getting dusted 37-27 in the final quarter to lose going away. Atlanta shot 41 percent from the field and knocked down 14 of 33 three point attempts in the game. The Hawks lost the rebounding battle 42-32 and turned the ball over 24 times as they were unable to take advantage of 23 Washington turnovers. Taurean Prince led Atlanta with 19 points in the loss.
The Hawks are 24th in the league in scoring offense with 102.5 points per game this season. Atlanta is 25th in the league in rebounding (41.4 rpg) and tied for 18th with 21.5 assists per contest. The Hawks are 26th in the NBA in scoring defense as they allow 110.8 points per game. Dennis Schroder leads the team with 20.6 points plus 6.8 assists per contest. Marco Belinelli contributes 12.2 points plus 2.2 assists, Taurean Prince kicks in 13.6 points plus 5.2 rebounds a game and John Collins adds 10.2 points with 7.3 rebounds per contest. Dewayne Dedmon, Ersan Ilyasova, Malcolm Delaney, Kent Bazemore (13.2 points, two steals) and Mike Muscala have to contribute on the offensive end. The Hawks are tied for 22nd in the league by shooting 44.2 percent from the floor as a team. Atlanta is tied for 18th in the league with 10.2 made three pointers a night and 6th in three point shooting as the team hits 38.4 percent from beyond the arc.
New Orleans Pelicans Look to Pick Up Home Win
New Orleans has won four of five and climbed over the .500 mark with their win over the Clippers. The Pelicans are 7-6 on the year and have a chance to improve on that mark here. New Orleans took a five-point lead after the opening quarter and held the Clippers off late to send LA to a fifth straight loss. The Pelicans had a hot night shooting the ball as they hit 53.8 percent from the field in the contest while knocking down six of 16 three point attempts. New Orleans controlled the glass by a 51-37 margin as well. DeMarcus Cousins led the Pelicans with 35 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in the win.
The Pelicans are 12th in the league in scoring offense with 107.5 points per game. The Pelicans are 6th in rebounding with 46 boards per game while ranking 4th with 24.8 assists per contest. New Orleans is 20th in scoring defense as they give up 107.2 points per contest. Anthony Davis is second on the Pelicans in scoring with 27.3 points to go with 12.1 rebounds and 2.08 blocks per game. DeMarcus Cousins (28.7 points, 13.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists) playing alongside Davis is a nice 1-2 punch but the Pelicans need other guys to contribute. That means Jameer Nelson, Jrue Holiday (14.2 points, 6.6 assists), Ian Clark, Dante Cunningham, Tony Allen and E’Twaun Moore (10.8 points) all have to step up and put the ball in the hole as Davis and Cousins can’t do it alone. New Orleans is 9th in field goal percentage shooting 46.8 percent from the floor. The Pelicans are tied for 14th with 10.2 made threes per game and stand 24th in the league by converting 33.9 percent from long range this season.
- Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- Pelicans are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win
The Hawks are struggling right now as they can’t put together a consistent performance on a nightly basis. Atlanta has been sputtering, especially on the offensive end of the floor as there isn’t much to rely on besides Schroder. New Orleans is on a roll right now with four wins in their last five games and they have been playing well. The return of Rajon Rondo in the near future will add some more depth to the backcourt for the Pelicans. In this one, they should pick up their fifth win in their last six as they knock off Atlanta here.