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Spurs vs. Pelicans: Western Conference Rivalry to Watch

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 4, 2024
Pelicans Struggle on Three-Game Losing Streak Against the Spurs

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

The Pelicans have a record of 9-6 against opponents in the Southwest Division and are ranked eighth in the league for allowing just 110.6 points per game while holding opponents to 46.1% shooting. On the other hand, the Spurs are struggling with a record of 1-13 against their division rivals and have lost all five games decided by less than five points this season.

In terms of shooting percentages, both teams have been performing poorly this season. The Pelicans are shooting only 48.6% from the field, while their opponents have shot an average of 47.9%. The Spurs are slightly better with a shooting percentage of 46.2%, but that is still below their opponent’s average of 49.0%.

This will be the fourth time these two teams meet this season, with each team winning one game so far. In their last meeting on Feb. 3, Zion Williamson led New Orleans to a narrow victory over San Antonio with a score of 114-113, while Devin Vassell scored just nine points for San Antonio despite playing well overall.

Key players for New Orleans include Williamson himself, who is averaging an impressive 25 points per game over his last ten contests and has already passed his career high for points scored in a single season with an incredible performance against Denver on March 27th (He scored an NBA-record tying high of 75 points). Jonas Valanciunas is also having a solid season as he’s averaging around double digits and shooting nearly half his shots from beyond the arc at .492%, which is above his career average of .376%. Lonzo Ball has been out due to injury but has recently returned and has shown promising signs since then.

For San Antonio, Victor Wembanyama is leading them with an impressive scoring average of around twenty points per game over his last ten matches along with eight rebounds per contest and four blocks per night as well as Vassell who had been having some struggles before returning to form after missing several games due to injuries.

In their last ten games, New Orleans has struggled with injuries too; Brandon Ingram and Jose Alvarado are currently out due to injury along with Jaxson Hayes who was recently ruled out until May after undergoing surgery.

By Samantha Nguyen

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