The New Orleans Pelicans are not where they want to be in the standings, but at least they are starting to win some games. The Pelicans will try to earn back-to-back wins for the first time since a three-game streak from Nov. 16-19 when they host the struggling Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.
New Orleans won three of its last five games and ended a two-game road trip with a dominating performance in a 133-98 victory at Cleveland on Saturday. "It can't just be a win and a one-time thing because it's Cleveland," Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis told reporters. "We have to do it next game and the game after that, in order to get to where we want to be." The Grizzlies are sliding with losses in five straight and 12 of the last 15 games, including a 108-88 setback to begin the road trip at San Antonio on Saturday. Memphis will play five of its next seven games on the road, with trips to Miami, Houston, Boston and Toronto to come over the next two weeks.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS South (Memphis), FS New Orleans LINE: Pelicans -5.5
ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (18-21): Memphis committed 21 turnovers against the Spurs and was outscored 37-19 in the second quarter to let the game slip away. "When you're playing a team that is this good, anytime you lose or miss out on possessions with opportunities for shots, it's hard to overcome," Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff told reporters. "And for us, we're not normally a high-turnover team, but they were active with their hands. Some of the decisions we made we could've been more certain with - some of the passes and spacing." Center Marc Gasol committed four turnovers in the loss and was held to six points on 2-of-9 shooting.
ABOUT THE PELICANS (18-22): New Orleans managed to take some of the things they worked on in practice into Saturday's game, and continuing that moving forward is the goal. "I think that is an important thing," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. "What we have to do is develop consistency on it. We can't do it this game and not do it the next game. We have to be able to take it from practice to the game situations and we have to be able to do it night after night after night, not just one night here and one night there." Davis and power forward Julius Randle each recorded a double-double in the win while point guard Jrue Holiday added 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting.
1. Pelicans PF Nikola Mirotic (ankle) missed the last 11 games but could return during the two-game homestand.
2. Grizzlies SG Dillon Brooks (leg) left Saturday's contest and is day-to-day.
3. Memphis earned a 107-103 win at New Orleans on Dec. 7
PREDICTION: Pelicans 108, Grizzlies 103 Bet Now
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