The San Antonio Spurs lost three straight games on the road before winning at home against the Golden State Warriors. They now head out along I-10 to New Orleans to face the Pelicans.
Anthony Davis has been perpetually overlooked in the MVP conversation in NBA circles, which is confusing as the man has been a walking double-double for years. His dominance on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball is a package that hasn’t been seen since the likes of Tim Duncan during his prime years for the Spurs.
Date: Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
Location: New Orleans, LA
Venue: Smoothie King Center
TV Info: FSSW
Streaming: NBA League Pass, fuboTV
New Orleans has gone 5-1 over their last six games behind AD’s unearthly dominance. He has averaged 32.5 PPG, 14 RPG, 5.6 APG and 2.3 BPG to lead the Pelicans to a 9-7 record. The Pels have also consistently gotten contributions from Jrue Holiday, Nikola Mirotic, Julius Randle and E’Twaun Moore.
San Antonio, on the other hand, has leaned heavily on their offseason acquisition DeMar DeRozan in his first year with the franchise. DeRozan contributed 20 points and nine assists in the Spurs victory against the undermanned Golden State Warriors.
LaMarcus Aldridge broke out of his recent slump with 24 points on 10-of-16 from the field along with 18 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Spurs will need him to continue to play at this level and perform to a relative draw against The Brow if they are to draw a second straight win against the Pelicans.
Rudy Gay returned from injury to provide the Spurs with 19 points and a third consistent scoring option to alleviate pressure on DeRozan and Aldridge.
San Antonio will need a balanced team effort to topple the Pelicans and stay relevant in the Southwestern Division.