The San Antonio Spurs (51-9) are back on the road as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans (23-36) at the Smoothie King Center Thursday. Spurs are 22-9 on the road this season.
San Antonio clinched their 19th consecutive playoff birth as they defeated the Detroit Pistons Wednesday, 91-87. They are once again back on the road after a one game stint at the AT&T Center as they travel to New Orleans to take on Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.
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San Antonio easily leads the league with 92.3 points allowed per game, but it surrendered 109.7 over a three-game stretch from Feb. 18-21 when Leonard was sidelined with a calf injury.
With the reigning Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard back, the Spurs have returned to their ways by holding opponents to an average of 86.3 points in their past four games. They limited Detroit to 39.7 percent shooting in Wednesdays home victory.
Leonard led the way offensively for the Spurs in the win as he scored 27 on 13 of 22 shooting in 35 minutes of play. LaMarcus Aldridge, whom was an All-Star reserve this season had a double-double, 23 points and 10 rebounds shooting 10 of 16 from the floor.
The Spurs will be looking for their seventh straight win as they hit the road for the ninth time in 10 games. Their last three visits though have not been one to cheer of. They’ve dropped their last three at the Smoothie King Center following a 104-90 loss there on Nov. 20.
Pelicans sharp-shooter Ryan Anderson paced the way finishing with 30 points while making 6 of 11 from 3-point range in that contest. For Pelicans big-man Anthony Davis, he contributed 20 points and 18 rebounds. Davis has been a thorn in the Spurs sides averaging 23.5 and 12.9.
The Pelicans are coming off of a 100-95 loss to the Houston Rockets Wednesday. In that game, Davis struggled shooting 5 of 13 from the floor for 12 points. It was his first game back from a one game absence due to a sprained toe.
For the Spurs, they are trying to find a way to defeat the Pelicans, a team in which they have not had a great deal of success in the past six meetings.
The Spurs and Pelicans are scheduled to tip at 8:00 PM Eastern and will be televised nationally on TNT.