San Antonio Spurs (40-8) have won 35 straight regular-season home games for the sixth-longest streak in league history.
The Spurs can improve to 27-0 at home to match the 1947-48 Washington Capitols for the NBA’s third-best start. The New Orleans Pelicans (18-29) look to play spoilers as they enter the AT&T Center Wednesday Night.
Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry had some choice words to say about the Spurs dominance at home.
“They’ve won every game at home, they’re due to lose one,” said Gentry, a former Popovich assistant. “Play that for Pop, have Pop put that on the bulletin board, OK?”
LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs face a major challenge against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans, who completed a 5-2 homestand with Monday’s 110-95 defeat to Memphis. Davis had 23 points and Norris Cole matched a career high with 23.
Spurs possibly will be without Tim Duncan for this matchup. Duncan is sidelined with a sore knee and has missed the teams last four games.
For Davis he is looking to continue his success against the Spurs — averaging 22.9 points, 13.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks while posting seven straight double-doubles.
Aldridge will definitely have his hands full with Davis whom he says is athletic and can bring defenders out with his shooting: “He’s talented, can shoot 3s now or is shooting more 3s now, very versatile on the block, very athletic getting to the rim, (his) mid-range has gotten a whole lot better so he’s going to be tough,” Aldridge said.
In his last two games, Aldridge has seemingly put behind the awful performance he had against the Golden State Warriors. He is coming off of marking a season-high 28 points in a 107-92 win over the Orlando Magic Monday.
Over his last three games, Aldridge is averaging 22.7 points on 67.6 percent shooting from the floor.
The game is scheduled to tip at 8:30 PM EST.