NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 29th
(All times Eastern)
New Orleans Pelicans (32-40) at San Antonio Spurs (56-16), 8:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs can match their franchise's
longest winning streak with a win Saturday night at home against the New
The Spurs have won 16 in a row, which is the longest winning streak so far in
the NBA this season. It is one off of the Spurs' record run from the 1995-96
"We don't think about that," Marco Belinelli said of the Spurs streak. "We
know where we want to be. It's good to win 16 games in a row but at the same
time every day, every game we want to be a better team and try to be ready for
San Antonio's streak reached 16 games with a 133-102 demolishing of the Denver
Nuggets at the Pepsi Center Friday night.
Belinelli scored 27 points to the lead the Spurs. Tim Duncan netted 20 points
and grabbed eight rebounds for the Spurs, who snapped Denver's five-game home
Tony Parker was limited to four points on 2-of-9 shooting, but Tiago Splitter
filled the stat sheet with eight points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Kawhi
Leonard scored 14 for the Spurs.
Danny Green sat out the victory due to right foot inflammation and his
availability for Saturday is unknown.
The Pelicans are on a run of their own, just about one-third the length of San
Antonio's. New Orleans has won five straight, including a perfect 4-0
homestand, which ended in a 102-95 victory over the Utah Jazz Friday night.
Tyreke Evans supplied 22 points and a career-high 15 assists. Anthony Morrow
registered 20 points, while Al-Farouq Aminu added 13 points and eight rebounds
for the Pelicans.
The Jazz only scored 38 points in the first half, but managed 57 over the
final 24 minutes. The good news for the Pelicans was they scored 59 in final
two quarters to seal the outcome.
"Different guys stepped up again and our defense was a lot better in the first
(half) than the second for sure, but it was good enough to win the game," New
Orleans head coach Monty Williams said.
The Pelicans knocked off some pretty high-caliber squads during this
undefeated residency. New Orleans bested the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Los
Angeles Clippers before besting the Jazz.
New Orleans hosts the Sacramento Kings on Monday, then hits the road for three
The Spurs have won all three meetings against the Pelicans this season and
four straight over their Southwest Division foes. San Antonio has taken six in
a row as the host in this series and 17 of the last 19.
03/29 10:25:23 ET