Jazz set to build on winning effort in rematch with Pelicans

Utah Jazz coach Will Hardy sent a message to his players after an ugly loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. It was clear by the end of the Jazz’s 105-100 win Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans that his demand for players to “play hard and pass” had been received. Utah has another chance to please its coach against the same team on Monday night when the Jazz host the Pelicans in Salt

Jazz, Pelicans heading in opposite directions

The New Orleans Pelicans won’t have much rest entering Saturday night’s game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, but they do have plenty of momentum. The Jazz are the opposite. They’ve been struggling and have had plenty of time to think about it. While the Pelicans picked up a 116-106 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers late Friday night, Utah rested at home after not playing since a rough 121-105 loss Wednesday

Kings seek revenge in rematch at Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans don’t expect a repeat when they host the Sacramento Kings for the second time in three nights Wednesday. The Pelicans ended the Kings’ six-game winning streak with a resounding 129-93 victory Monday, their largest margin of victory this season. “The key is how we respond to one of our most complete games of the season,” New Orleans head coach Willie Green said. “We know Sacramento made a playoff run last season.

Domantas Sabonis, streaking Kings look to topple Pelicans

The Sacramento Kings will look to extend their winning streak to seven games on Monday night when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans. The Kings’ latest win was an emphatic 129-113 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night. Sacramento scored 35, 35 and 37 points over the first three quarters and finished with 34 assists on 48 field goals. The Kings shot 53.3 percent from the floor and 42.5 percent from 3-point range. “It

Pelicans take on resurgent Timberwolves

The New Orleans Pelicans shook off a five-game losing streak with impressive home wins against the Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets. They’ll try to continue their momentum when they play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night in the fourth game of a six-game homestand. The Pelicans had their most productive offensive game of the season in a 131-110 victory against the Mavericks on Tuesday and had three players score more than 20 points in

Nuggets aim to get over .500 on road, beat Pelicans again

The Denver Nuggets, who are preparing to visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, are the reigning NBA champions and are tied for the best record in this young season. They also have the reigning league MVP in Nikola Jokic. So they don’t get frazzled when things aren’t going well, which was the case when they fell behind the visiting Los Angeles Clippers by seven points midway through the fourth quarter Tuesday night. Jokic

High-scoring Mavs out to sweep back-to-back vs. Pelicans

The Dallas Mavericks’ past two games have been their highest-scoring performances of the young season. Dallas will try to keep the points coming when it visits the struggling New Orleans Pelicans for an in-season tournament game on Tuesday night. The Mavericks rolled past the Pelicans 136-124 on Sunday night at New Orleans. Their point total was second to a 144-126 home victory against the Los Angeles Clippers two nights earlier. Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving

Rockets out to keep rolling at Pelicans’ expense

With each victory and impressive performance, the Houston Rockets nudge their season-opening three-game skid deeper into the recesses of their collective memory. That fact doesn’t mean Houston coach Ime Udoka has let go of every detail from those early losses, particularly the Rockets’ overtime setback in San Antonio that preceded their current seven-game homestand. Udoka frequently references that defeat as a reminder of what happens when Houston doesn’t see things through to the end. Perhaps

Streaking Wolves host short-handed Pelicans

The Minnesota Timberwolves will go for their fourth win in a row when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Minnesota is coming off a thrilling 114-109 overtime win against the Boston Celtics on Monday night. That followed victories over the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. A common theme during the Timberwolves’ recent hot streak has been the continued emergence of Anthony Edwards, who has taken over as the team’s top