Game Preview: Pelicans at Hawks

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Game Preview: Pelicans at Hawks

When/where: 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Philips Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Stream: Fox Sports Go

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Probable starters:

Hawks: Ersan Ilyasova, Taurean Prince, Miles Plumlee, Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore

Pelicans: Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore.

Injury report:

Hawks: Dewayne Dedmon (left tibia stress reaction), Mike Muscala (sprained left ankle), Taurean Prince (dislocated right ring finger) and Marco Belinelli (sprained left ankle) are all availabe to play.

DeAndre’ Bembry (left groin strain) is out.

Pelicans: Alexis Ajinca (right knee) Tony Allen (left fibula fracture) Solomon Hill (left hamstring tear) Frank Jackson (right foot fracture) are out.

What to watch for:

The New Orleans Pelicans, who will play their third straight road game when they face the Hawks Wednesday, are coming off a 116-113 overtime win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

While Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Tuesday’s win over the Celtics was a great win and the team arriving in Atlanta at 3 a.m. after Tuesday’s win in Boston, the team hasn’t spent time dwelling on either.

“As far as tonight, we got in here late. Teams do it all the time in this league,” Gentry said. “For us it’s about being focused and trying to go back out and play to the level we did last night.”

In the win, Anthony Davis recorded 45 points and 16 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins racked up 19 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Gentry said the team would try to get Cousins and Davis some minutes early so they can rest later in the game, but the goal to win the game remains the same.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said no one in the league is looking forward to playing Davis or Cousins right now.

“He’s playing just at a high, high level,” Budenholzer said. “He just scores in so many different ways but his ability to make shots from particularly the mid-range but then on the offensive boards, pick and roll, occasional 3-pointer. He just kind fo does anything… He’s one of the elite players in the league right now.”

While the Pelicans are top teams in the NBA in shooting from the field (second at 48.9 percent) and the 3-point line (seventh at 37 percent), the team struggles in turnovers.

The Pelicans (23-20) average 15.5 turnovers this season, the third-worst in the league while the Hawks are the best team in the league in creating turnovers (15.7 opponent turnovers per game).

Although the Pelicans are successful from the 3-point line, the Hawks have an advantage— the Pelicans struggle at defending 3-pointers.

This season, the Pelicans have allowed opponents to shoot an average of 36.7 percent from beyond the arc, 19th in the league. 

The Hawks (12-31) have consistently been one of the best teams to shoot from the 3-point line all season, making 37.6 percent of their attempts, the league’s fourth-best.

Notes:

  • Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis scored 93 points over the past two games. He scored 48 against the New York Knicks and 45 against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.
  • The Hawks are coming off a 102-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday when six Hawks shot in double-digits with Dennis Schroder leading the way with 26 points. 
  • The Pelicans arrived in Atlanta at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning after playing the Celtics Tuesday night.
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