The New Orleans Pelicans aim to defeat struggling Cleveland for the second time in five days when they host the Cavaliers on Wednesday. New Orleans dominated Saturday's matchup in Cleveland as it rolled to a 133-98 victory.
The Pelicans have won four of their last six games and followed up their trouncing of the Cavaliers with a solid 114-95 home win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. New Orleans racked up an astounding 70 points in the paint and shot 55.7 percent from the field in the well-played outing. Cleveland owns the worst record in the league and has lost 10 straight games after falling 123-115 to the visiting Indiana Pacers on Monday. "There are no moral victories at this stage," Cavaliers coach Larry Drew told reporters afterward about trimming a 26-point deficit to five. "We've got to be better. That first quarter was our demise."
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Ohio (Cleveland), FS New Orleans LINE: Pelicans -14
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (8-33): The Cavaliers looked headed toward their sixth 20-point loss during the 10-game skid when they trailed 38-16 after one quarter but Drew was pleased that his squad played a strong second half. "We were down huge and we kept fighting," Drew said. "We can look at this game and we can take some things from it and we can build from it. But we have to make sure moving forward that we don't put ourselves in those positions." Backup guard Jordan Clarkson poured in 26 points against the Pacers to follow up a 23-point effort against New Orleans.
ABOUT THE PELICANS (19-22): Star big man Anthony Davis recorded 36 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots against Memphis as he continues his stellar play. Davis has at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the past 11 games and has scored 30 or more points on six occasions during the stretch. "That's how we were able to be successful last year, by playing defense," Davis told reporters after the Pelicans held a team under 100 points in back-to-back games after failing to do so even once in the previous 27 games. "It leads us to get a lot of transition points, fast-break points and easy buckets, gets guys wide-open 3s and stuff like that."
1. The Pelicans have won their last eight home meetings with the Cavaliers.
2. Cleveland SG Rodney Hood (Achilles) will likely miss his third straight game while PF Larry Nance Jr. (knee) will be re-evaluated Wednesday after being injured against the Pacers.
3. New Orleans SG E'Twaun Moore (quadriceps) is expected to return after a one-game absence.
PREDICTION: Pelicans 132, Cavaliers 104 Bet Now
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