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Preview: 76ers at Pelicans

The Philadelphia 76ers are having a tough time with All-Star center Joel Embiid on the sidelines and will try to find a winning formula without him when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. After struggling to get past Miami on Thursday at home while Embiid (knee) began what is expected to be at least a week-long absence, the Sixers were embarrassed 130-115 by Portland on Saturday.

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The Trail Blazers had a 61-42 advantage on the glass and scored the most points for a Philadelphia opponent in a regulation game this season. “We just didn’t rebound well enough against a team like this,” point guard Ben Simmons told reporters. “It’s a group effort rebounding. I think just all of us combined, I don’t think we did enough.” The Pelicans have a very different drama with their star big man, Anthony Davis, and they angered some fans by resting him Saturday at home against the Los Angeles Lakers. Jrue Holiday helped send the fans home happy by scoring 27 points in New Orleans’ 128-115 triumph.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBATV, NBCS Philadelphia, FS New Orleans

ABOUT THE 76ERS (38-22): Simmons scored 29 points and Tobias Harris added 20 in the loss to the Blazers as Philadelphia fell two games behind third-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference. “Clearly we miss Joel,” Harris told reporters. “There’s no getting around that. He’s a big piece to our team, but we don’t have him right now and we have to be able to get efforts from everybody else on the team.” Veteran guard JJ Redick has seen his scoring total fall in each of the last five games after a seven-point effort in the loss and he is 4-for-15 from beyond the arc since the All-Star break.

ABOUT THE PELICANS (27-34): Forward Cheick Diallo has taken advantage of some available minutes while the Davis drama plays out and notched his second straight double-double while making all eight of his shots against the Lakers. Julius Randle added 24 points, Ian Clark had 17 off the bench and Elfrid Payton finished with 14 and nine assists as New Orleans put forth a team effort without its All-Star. “I think you can take all the guys that were involved in the game in some stage,” coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. “They did something positive for us.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Holiday scored 30 points while Davis was limited to 12 in a one-point loss at Philadelphia earlier this season.

2. Diallo has 34 points and 28 rebounds in 45 minutes over his last two games.

3. Sixers PG T.J. McConnell has 23 assists and two turnovers over his last six games.

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Preview: Pelicans at Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves are getting a fresh start and Karl-Anthony Towns is taking advantage. Towns will welcome a trio of new teammates and try to lead the Timberwolves to back-to-back wins when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.

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Towns was the big winner of the trade that sent disgruntled swingman Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless, and he played like someone with a weight lifted off his shoulders in a 120-113 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday. The 22-year-old former No. 1 overall pick made up for 10 turnovers by scoring 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbing 21 rebounds in the victory. The Pelicans, who were reportedly involved in talks for Butler but refused to include guard Jrue Holiday in any potential deal, come in hot with wins in three straight after starting the road trip with a 126-110 victory over East-leading Toronto on Monday. “We played really good tonight and we beat them, but it’s one game,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. “I’d like to say this is going to springboard us, but it’s one game and they understand that, too. It’s a good win for us on the road against a very good team.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, FS New Orleans, FS North (Minnesota)

ABOUT THE PELICANS (7-6): Holiday showed why New Orleans insisted he not be included in any deal when he collected 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting and 14 assists on Monday while taking part in a defensive effort that held Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Danny Green to a combined 9-of-33 from the floor. “I think Jrue (Holiday) had a great floor game, and I thought he was fantastic defensively,” Gentry told reporters. “If Kawhi goes 7-for-20, you’ve done an outstanding job on him because not only is he a great defender, but he is also a great scorer and great shooter, and I thought Jrue did a really good job on him.” Holiday is averaging 23.2 points on 54.1 percent shooting and 10.8 assists over the last five games.

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (5-9): Covington, Saric and Bayless sat out on Monday, hours after the trade was finalized, but will practice with the team on Tuesday and are expected to be in uniform Wednesday. “We wanted quality players. That was important for us,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters. “(We get) two starters (Covington and Saric) off a team that won 52 games, and they’re both young. … Once we get to that point where we felt we were getting multiple rotational players, we felt it would be time to execute the deal.” Saric, 24, got off to a slow start in 2018-19 after averaging 14.6 points in a breakout 2017-18 campaign while Covington, 27, is shooting 39 percent from 3-point range and was leading Philadelphia in steals (1.8) at the time of the trade.

BUZZER BEATERS

1.Pelicans PF Nikola Mirotic (ankle) sat out the last two games and is day-to-day.

2. Bayless (knee) has yet to make his season debut and is likely out at least another week.

3. Minnesota took all four meetings last season by an average of 13.3 points.

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Preview: Pelicans at Warriors

Klay Thompson began the season in a massive shooting slump, but it only took one game to break out in a big way. Thompson will try to follow up a record-breaking performance as the Golden State Warriors return home to host the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.

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Thompson, who went 5-of-36 from beyond the arc in the first six games, buried an NBA-record 14 3-pointers and scored 52 points in a 149-124 win at the Chicago Bulls on Monday. “It’s the best feeling,” Thompson told reporters of finding his shooting stroke. “Something I haven’t felt in the first six, seven games. To snap out of a slump with the record, I couldn’t ask for a better way to do it. And I’m just going to continue this momentum on Wednesday, and it’s one of the best feelings in basketball when you touch the ball and feel like it’s going in every time.” The Pelicans might have to stop Golden State without their best defender if star forward Anthony Davis (elbow) is forced to miss a third straight game. New Orleans got off to a 4-0 start with Davis leading the way but dropped the last two contests without him in the lineup.

TV: 10:30 p.m. FS New Orleans, NBCS Bay Area (Golden State)

ABOUT THE PELICANS (4-2): New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry refused to blame the absence of his superstar for a 116-111 loss at Denver on Monday in which his team turned the ball over 22 times. “I don’t think it’s ever understandable to turn the ball over 22 times,” Gentry told reporters. “I think what happened is that some of our turnovers came because we were trying to play in really tight, confined spaces. Against that team, you can’t do that.” Five of those turnovers belonged to reserve power forward Julius Randle, who otherwise played a solid game with 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (7-1): Golden State leads the NBA in team field-goal percentage (52.3) and assists (29.6), and coach Steve Kerr remains in awe of the unselfish nature of his team.” I can’t even tell you how lucky I am and how I feel every night just watching these guys and how unselfish they are,” Kerr told reporters. “They basically take turns, they encourage each other, they want each other to do well, and we have all this talent, but the key is these guys are committed to each other, they play hard for each other, and they want each other to have success, and that’s why it works, and it’s been amazing to be along for the ride.” Thompson broke the record of 13 set on Nov. 7, 2016 by teammate Stephen Curry, who went 13-of-17 in a 116-106 home win over New Orleans.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Pelicans PG Elfrid Payton (ankle) sat out Monday and is day-to-day.

2. Warriors PG Shaun Livingston (foot) missed the last two games and is questionable to play Wednesday.

3. The teams are meeting for the first time since Golden State knocked New Orleans out 4-1 in last season’s Western Conference semifinals.

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2018 NBA Playoffs

Second-round preview

With the second round under way, let’s dive in straight into the series on hand.

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Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have knocked the Toronto Raptors out of the playoffs the last two years but the Raptors are finally the favored team and hope to play like it when the teams begin their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup.

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Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers

The Boston Celtics needed everything they had to survive a seven-game, first-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks. Their reward is an Eastern Conference semifinals matchup with one of the hottest teams in the league in the rested Philadelphia 76ers.

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Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz

The Jazz vs. Rockets series is a classic matchup. The league’s best offense vs. the league’s best defense.

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Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans

One team was supposed to be here all along. The other was two regular-season losses away from missing the playoffs and setting into motion a major overhaul that likely would have included firing its coach and front office, and possibly would have stretched into a trade involving one of the league’s best players. But the stunning sweep of Portland by the Pelicans earned them a spot in the conference semifinals for the first time in a decade. It surely saved the job of head coach Alvin Gentry, and likely the job of GM Dell Demps, too. That means teams anticipating a Pels fire sale can cross off Anthony Davis from their wish lists.

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2018 NBA Playoffs

First-round previews

If the playoffs are anything like the wild finish to the regular season, hold on. It took an overtime play-in win just to determine the Western Conference playoff teams, and little was settled outside of the top two seeds in the East heading into Wednesday’s season finale. But now that we have the sixteen teams, it’s on. The NBA’s second season officially begins on Saturday afternoon.

Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

The Raptors have all sorts of pressure on them this postseason, but they couldn’t have done much better than facing the fledgling Wizards at the start. Washington, which has lost 14 of its last 21 games, welcomed five-time All-Star John Wall back on March 31 after he missed more than two months with a knee injury. Still, Toronto — which was third in offensive rating and fifth in defensive rating this season — should be able to survive.

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Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Boston, which is without five-time All-Star Kyrie Irving for the playoffs and guard Marcus Smart until at least late April, has its hands full against these Bucks. Milwaukee’s 106-102 win over Boston on April 3 serves as the best evidence of how they match up at the moment. The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo will be looking to advance past the first round for the first time (he’s 0-for-2 thus far).

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat

Philadelphia comes in as the league’s hottest team, having won 16 games in a row. Never mind that All-Star big man Joel Embiid went down with an orbital fracture in his left eye eight games into the stretch, the Sixers just kept rolling. When Embiid was asked if he might be able to play for Game 1, he told reporters it’s “unlikely but still a chance.”

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers

LeBron James is no stranger to memorable playoff matchups against the Pacers, but this is a different version of the familiar story. With coach Nate McMillan and All-Star guard Victor Oladipo leading the way, the Pacers were a wonderful surprise this season.

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Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Rockets dominated the season series against the Timberwolves, but only one of those games (a 126-108 win on Feb. 13) included Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler from beginning to end. The four-time All-Star tore his meniscus in their second matchup on Feb. 23, then missed the final two meetings before returning on Friday. The Rockets, meanwhile, lost key defender Luc Mbah a Moute to a dislocated shoulder on Tuesday, and he’s expected to miss the first round — if not longer.

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Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs

This is a rematch of last year’s Western Conference finals in name alone, as Golden State is without two-time MVP Stephen Curry this time around and the Spurs’ franchise centerpiece, Kawhi Leonard, remains out after playing just nine games this season. But if anyone is capable of creating a gameplan to upset the ailing defending champions, it’s San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. His Spurs had the fourth-best defensive rating this season. The Warriors, meanwhile, have lost 10 of their last 17 games.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans

The Trail Blazers lost seven of their last 12 games, but the regular season finale win over Utah was enough to earn them the No. 3 seed. Portland, which had the league’s ninth-best defensive rating this season, will have all it can handle with the way Pelicans star Anthony Davis has been playing (a league-leading 30.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game since DeMarcus Cousins’ season-ending Achilles injury Jan. 26).

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz

The Jazz boasted the NBA’s best defense for the final few months of the regular season, and now they’ll try to stop a star-studded Thunder squad that finished 10th in offensive rating. But the Jazz have to score too, and therein lies the most pressing question of their postseason: Can rookie guard Donovan Mitchell be the same star-caliber player on this stage? Utah certainly needs him to be.

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Fantasy Basketball Cash Draft Nuggets vs Pelicans

Dominate your competition with our Fantasy Basketball Cash Draft, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Denver Nuggets (32-4) travel to Louisiana to face the New Orleans Pelicans (27-47) at Smoothie King Center.Fantasy Basketball

The Nuggets come into this game victorious in three of their last five and the most recent win over the Memphis Grizzlies secured a winning month of  March. That’s the first month over the .500 record line that this team has had all season and it shows how much they have grown. Youngsters like Emmanuel Mudiay and Nikola Jokic are both especially talented and may be two of the five best rookies in the league this season.

All the talk in New Orleans is about how they are a cursed franchise and there may be some reality to that with the injuries they have suffered. They are now without Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole for the rest of the season. All of these players have had injury question marks in the past though, so it may not be a matter of luck as much as it’s substandard management. Having this many injury prone players on one roster is too risky and this sort of year shows the worst case scenario. With how shorthanded the Pelicans are, look for them to be a small underdog in this confrontation.

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G Toney Douglas (NOP)

F Dante Cunningham (NOP)

C Nikola Jokic (DEN)

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Projections Pelicans vs Pacers

Dominate your competitions with our daily fantasy basketball projections, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com. The New Orleans Pelicans (26-44) make the trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday night to take on the Indiana Pacers (37-33).

The Pelicans have spent their last several outings trading a series of victories and defeats, the latest a Tuesday night drubbing at the hands of the visiting Miami Heat, 113-99. Jrue Holiday started in the defeat, leading the team in scoring with 24 points, adding 7 assists, 4 steals and going 3 of 8 from outside the arc. Luke Babbitt put up 23 points, hauled in 4 rebounds and shot 10 of 19 from field goal range, while Toney Douglas came just shy of a double-double on the back of a 14-point, 9-board performance. Over 49 games played, Douglas is averaging 7 points and 2.2 assists per game. New Orleans second-leading scorer, Ryan Anderson, was absent for second straight match with a groin strain. He’s listed as questionable for Thursday’s match-up. The Pelicans remains in 12th place in the Western Conference, with games scheduled in the coming days against Toronto and San Antonio.

The Pacers are playing for their Playoff lives as April comes into view. They`ve snapped a two-game skid on Monday night with a home court victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, 91-75. All five starters for the club put up double digits in the win. Paul George led the charge and finished the night with 15 points, 6 boards and 3 assists, going 4 of 16 from the field and 6 of 6 from the charity stripe. Monta Ellis put up 13 points, facilitated 5 assists and led the team in long distance scoring, dropping three triples. Ellis has suited up for all 70 games during Indiana’s 2015-16 campaign, averaging 14.3 points and 4.8 dimes per games. Ian Mahinmi and George Hill collected 12 points apiece. Mahinmi added 10 rebounds for the double-double. The Pacers retain a tenuous hold on seventh place in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game ahead of the eighth place Chicago Bulls. Indiana plays four of their next five games at home, where they have a 21-13 record.

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G Jrue Holiday (Pelicans)

G Toney Douglas (Pelicans)

F Luke Babbitt (Pelicans)

 

 

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors

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Stephen Curry’s record breaking Golden State Warriors will be hoping to push their home game winning streak Monday night when hosting the struggling New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena. Come sign up and play some Fantasy Basketball at FanPicks to get free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

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The Warriors are coming back from a tough game this weekend at home against the Phoenix Suns. If it wasn’t for Stephen Curry’s 15 pts in the last quarter, their home game winning streak would’ve stopped at 47. The league MVP drained 15 of his game high 35 pts in the final minutes of the contest, despite entering the final quarter with a 9 point deficit. His “Splash brother” Klay Thompson added 20 pts, 6 boards, 3 assists and a steal . Their big man Draymond Green had a solid game as well adding 19 pts, 4 boards and 6 assists, 2 steals and a block. The real standout during this game was Mareese Speights who nearly posted a double double in 18 minutes of play with 25 pts, 9 boards, 2 steals and a block. The Warriors are 30-0 at home and are huge favorites to make it 31-0, having won the past 2 games against the Pelicans this year. They have not lost since their upset lost in L.A to the Lakers last Sunday.

Despite their near perfect season, they haven’t clinched the Western Conference standing just 3.5 games ahead of the solid and experienced San Antonio Spurs.

 

New Orleans is in a complete struggle having only won one game out of their last 8. They’re unfortunately terrible on the road, having only won 7 games and lost 26. They will only be counting on their big man Anthony Davis to outperform everyone and capitalize on the Warriors’ rare mistakes. The Pelicans are in deep trouble, as their playoff contentions are fading going into this game trailing 8th seed Dallas Mavericks by 8.5 games with 17 games left.

 

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Oklahoma City Thunder  Fantasy Basketball Preview – 02/11/16

The New Orleans Pelicans (20-32) will travel to Oklahoma Thursday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena to battle the Oklahoma City Thunder (39-14). FanPicks.com has this Fantasy Basketball game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Here are the latest Fantasy Basketball preview:

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The New Orleans Pelicans come into this matchup on a 2 game winning streak. Their latest victory was on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz, 100-96. Jrue Holiday had an incredible game coming off the bench with 21 pts, 6 boards, 9 assists and has proven to be a crucial sixth man for the team this season. All star Anthony Davis added 19 pts, 5 assists and 4 boards shooting from the field 7 of 15. Davis has been shining this seasons averaging 23.5 pts and 10.2 boards per game. Alexis Ajinca also added 11 boards coming from the bench with 8 pts. Tyreke Evans missed his 8 straight game with fears that he may need a knee surgery which will end his season unfortunately. New Orleans sits in the 12th spot in the Western Conference and will definitely need a constant solid second half of the season if they have any hopes of clinching a low seed for the Playoffs.

 

The Thunder have bounced back from their tough loss to league leading and defending champions Golden State Warriors with a convincing 122-106 win on the road on Monday against the Suns in Phoenix. Kevin Durant, always consistent, added 32 pts, with 6 boards and 3 assists. His dynamic duo partner, Russell Westbrook tallied with 29 pts, 8 assists and 8 boards. KD ranks thrd in points scored this season behind Stephen Curry and his old teammate James Harden, averaging 27.8 pts per game. Big man Dion Waiters finished the game with 15 pts and 4 assists. OKC has a firm lock on the 3rd spot of the Western Conference. The All Star Break will surely help them to rest and prepare as they host tough opponents in the second half of this month.

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Cleveland Cavaliers Fantasy Basketball News – 02-06-16

The Pelicans (18-31) will travel to Cleveland (35-14) Saturday night at the Quicken Loans Arena to battle the Cavaliers. The Cavs are odd favourite (-9.5). FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.

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New Orleans lost a heartbreaker this past Thursday at the hands of the struggling Lakers, 99-96 despite a great performance from Anthony Davis. Davis 39 pts and 11 boards led the charge. Jrue Holiday added a big 19 pts and 9 boards off the bench. The Pelicans will be hop come to terms with the reality that they will likely finish the season as a lottery team. Unfortunately for the Pelicans, their guard Tyreke Evans missed 5 straight games and there’s still no approximate timetable on his return.

The Cavs are settling well with their new coach Tyronn Lue despite a 2 game losing skid. The latest defeat Friday night came to the Celtics 104-103 in a nail biter. It was only the Cavs’ 4th home loss of the season. LeBron James led the squad with 30 pts, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. J.R Smith 20 pts 5 triples. Kevin Love had to leave the game with an injury in the 3rd quarter while Kyrie Irving added a solid 19pts on the board. The Cavs are just a game and a half ahead of the Raptors in the lead for the Eastern Conference.

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Milwaukee Bucks vs New Orleans Pelicans – 01/23/16 Preview

Two young teams with a lot of potential will meet this Saturday night in New Orleans as the Milwaukee Bucks (19-26) face the Pelicans (15-27). The Pelicans are the odd favorites to win (line: -6.5). Play the most exciting daily fantasy basketball contest, including the newest Point Spread  and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

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The Bucks were on a 3 game winning streak going into Houston but got defeated by the Rockets in a nailbiter, 102-98. The Bucks saw all of their starters with double digits scoring, including team-leading performances by Greg Monroe and Khris Middleton, both finishing with 21 points. Middleton currently averages 17.6 points per game and emerging as a team leader. Michael Carter-Williams and Jabari Parker both had double-doubles. The Bucks despite their recent upswing remain last in the Central DivisionMilwaukee struggled from beyond the arc, making only three shots from downtown. The Bucks remain dead last in the Central Division despite their recent upswing.

 

Currently in 5th in the Southwest Division, the Pelicans have been somewhat bouncing back lately with 4 wins in their last 5 outings. Their latest victory was a satisfying 115-99 home win against the Pistons on Thursday night where Anthony Davis recorded a team-high 32 pts, with 7 rebounds. Davis is currently averaging 23.4 points and 10.4 rebounds this season. Tyreke Evans had a double-double with 22 pts and 10 assists, while Ryan Anderson came off the bench for 13 pts moving the Pelicans to a 10-9 record at home. The Pelicans may be hitting their stride at the best moment as their next 5 games will be at home.

 

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T-Wolves vs Pelicans

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The Minnesota Timberwolves (13-29) pay a visit to the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans (13-27) on Tuesday. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site

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Minnesota will try to put an end to their 6 game road losing streak and build on last Sunday’s win over the Phoenix Suns. It marked the Timberwolves 2nd highest scoring tally of the season. Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins led with a pair of 18-point efforts, while standout rookie Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. 4 of Minnesota’s reserves, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, Zach LaVine and Kevin Martin, posted double-digit scoring. The blowout win snapped their 9 game losing streak.

 

The Pelicans have improved recently. After a stretch in which they lost 6 of 7 games, New Orleans bounced back with consecutive victories over the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Hornets. Monday, they suffered a heartbreaking 101-99 defeat at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite the loss, they’ve showed a lot of good stuff that stretch. During pre-game warmups, Tyreke Evans experienced some knee soreness and missed the Grizzlies contest, leaving Norris Cole and Jrue Holiday to man the point. Holiday registered 23 points and 9 assists. Anthony Davis collected 21 points and 8 rebounds. If Evans is unable to take the floor again, Cole should receive the start with Holiday filling in as back up.

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Charlotte Hornets  vs. New Orleans Pelicans

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The Charlotte Hornets (18-20) will be hosted by the New Orleans Pelicans (12-26) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting LineupThe Hornets finally were able to get a quality win on Wednesday, snapping a seven-game losing streak. It was their first victory in the new year, defeating the Hawks 107-84. During their skid, the Hornets fell to last place in the Southeast Division. While the Hornets are a dreadful 4-13 on the road this season, they get to travel to New Orleans, who has a 7-9 mark at home this year. In Wednesday’s win, Jeremy Lamb was forced to leave the game after he sprained his right big toe. His status for Friday is still up in the air and likely won’t be made until game-time. The Hornets will look to sure up their defense if they want to continue their winning ways, as they haven’t beat a team who has shot over 42 percent since Nov. 23.

There is good news for the Hornets, the Pelicans have been shooting just under 40 percent in their past four games, which has resulted in a 1-3 record. The ended their three-game road trip on a high note, defeating the Kings 109-97 on Wednesday night. Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon led the way in the win, each contributed 24 points. It was Davis’ first game back after a two-game absence due to a lower-back contusion. With Davis back in the lineup, Ryan Anderson is now back on the bench. He scored 18 in his bench-role on Wednesday, which was more points than he had in either of his two starts. Tyreke Evans is questionable for Friday’s game after leaving Wednesday’s game in the first quarter with due to tendinitis in his right knee. The Hornets and Pelicans have split their matchups evenly the past two seasons.

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