The New Orleans Pelicans (5-4, 3-3 Away) travel to face the Indiana Pacers (4-5, 2-2 Home) Monday in a game that could see a lot of points. New Orleans was narrowly defeated by the Atlanta Hawks 124-121 in overtime at State Farm Arena on Saturday. CJ McCollum was a top performer in the losing effort with 29 points and 10 rebounds. The Pelicans are fifth in the Western Conference.
Indiana won a close one on Friday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, beating the Miami Heat 101-99. Buddy Hield scored 25 points to top the scoresheet. With 22 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists, Tyrese Haliburton also played a part. The Pacers are eighth in the Eastern Conference.
The teams are meeting for the first time this season. New Orleans and Indiana split their matchups last season, each team winning one. The Pelicans came out on top in the last meeting 117-113 at Smoothie King Center on January 24. Devonte’ Graham led the Pelicans with 25 points and six assists.
Duane Washington Jr. had 21 points, three assists, and two rebounds in the losing effort. Zion Williamson (22.7 ppg), Brandon Ingram (21.6), and McCollum (21.6) have led the Pels in scoring this season. McCollum also has dished 6.2 assists per game. Meanwhile, Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 10.7 rebounds per game.
Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin have powered the Pacers on offense, averaging 21.9 and 20.7 points per game, respectively. Haliburton also has distributed 9.3 assists per game, fourth-most in the NBA. Jalen Smith has pulled down 7.8 rebounds per game.
The Pelicans and the Pacers are averaging 118.1 and 115.8 points per game, respectively, ranking second and fourth in the NBA in scoring. The Pacers have had the advantage in the last 10 clashes between the teams at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, winning seven.
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