Milwaukee At New Orleans
When: 8:00 PM
ET, Friday, March 7, 2014
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
The New Orleans Pelicans salvaged the final contest of a five-game road trip and now open a six-game homestand against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. New Orleans halted an eight-game losing streak – which matched a season worst – by recording a 132-125 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday and doesn’t play on the road again until March 21. Milwaukee owns the worst record in the NBA but has won three of its last eight games.
The Bucks lost to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday one game after rolling to a 114-88 victory over the Utah Jazz. Milwaukee has owned the worst record in the league for most of the season and hasn’t won consecutive games since late last season. New Orleans had gone nearly three weeks without a victory since beating the Bucks on Feb. 12 prior to beating the Lakers. The win over Los Angeles was just the Pelicans’ second in 12 games.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FSN New Orleans
ABOUT THE BUCKS (12-48): Guard Brandon Knight scored 25 points against the Kings and has scored 20 or more points in eight of his last 13 games. Knight is averaging a career-best 17.1 points in his first season with the franchise and is attempting to keep the proper perspective on a tough season record-wise. “You can’t dwell on it too much,” Knight told reporters. “In the moment of course you want to win and play well. We might not be vying for a playoff position but I think we’re playing to build the right habits so that we can come into next season strong.”
ABOUT THE PELICANS (24-37): All-Star forward Anthony Davis broke out of a two-game funk with 28 points and 15 rebounds in the win over the Lakers and coach Monty Williams reminded reporters that the standout isn’t yet 21 years old. “For a guy that sets such a high bar – to be 20 years old and have all those expectations – who at 20 is playing like him? In the history of the game, there are very few,” Williams said. “So when he has nights off, and everybody wonders what’s wrong, he’s entitled.” Davis averaged 10.5 points on 5-of-20 shooting before regaining his form.
1. New Orleans’ 102-98 win over the Bucks on Feb. 12 was its fifth victory in the last six meetings.
2. Milwaukee is 2-21 against Western Conference squads while the Pelicans are 14-10 against the East.
3. New Orleans G Eric Gordon had 28 points against the Lakers after averaging six points on 5-of-22 shooting over the previous two games.
PREDICTION: Pelicans 95, Bucks 88
Stats and Records
New Orleans Off vs
99.2 Points For
102.1 Points Against