Pelicans Rebound After a Tough Stretch With a Successful Week
Throughout the season we'll be keeping an eye on not only the Pelicans but the Top 5 in the NBA on a weekly basis, you can check out the entire list here.
The New Orleans Pelicans rebounded last week with a 2-1 week after dropping six straight games. Last week they started off losing at Oklahoma City but then came back home to the Blender and beat the Chicago Bulls and the Pheonix Suns.
New Orleans has fallen considerably in the rankings and currently sit at 16, exactly where they were last week as the team is currently 6-6 on the year.
Here is this week's Top 5:
- Toronto Raptors (12-1)-Moved up one from 2
- Golden State Warriors (11-2)-Moved down one from 1
- Milwaukee Bucks (10-3)-Stayed steady at 3
- Portland Trailblazers (10-3)-Moved up three from 7
- Denver Nuggets (9-4)-Stayed Steady at 5
It was a solid week for the Pelicans last week but this week they'll play four games, two on the road and two at home. They kick it off Monday night north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors and then travel to the new look Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday who recently traded away one of their stars in Jimmy Butler. The team returns home on Friday to take on the New York Knickerbockers and then play the fifth-ranked team in the league in the Denver Nuggets.
Anthony Davis has been able to keep himself in the lineup amongst some nagging injuries and leads the team in points per game (24.6), rebounds (12.1) and blocks (3.1). The big piece they've been missing is the newly acquired point guard, Elfrid Payton who has eight straight DNP's (Did not play) with a right ankle sprain which is lingering. This has forced Jrue Holiday to play more of the point and taking away some of his ability to score and do the things he's so good at without the basketball. Forward Nikola Mirotic missed Saturday's win over the Suns with the same ailment but reports say he's got a chance to return to the lineup Monday against the Raptors.