The New Orleans Pelicans will attempt to match their season-high four-game winning streak when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. New Orleans averaged 129 points while winning its last three outings and looks to carry the momentum into the opener of a five-game road trip.
Star big man Anthony Davis feels the Pelicans can make a playoff push and he is impressed by team's 23.3-point margin of victory during the winning streak. "We're locked in defensively and getting stops," Davis told reporters. "If we're able to play defensively the way we have the last three games, we're able to win every game and play against anybody." Minnesota had a three-game winning streak halted on Friday when it suffered a 119-115 home loss against the Dallas Mavericks. Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes against the Mavericks but tweaked an ankle and will be game-time decision on Saturday.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS New Orleans, FS North (Minnesota) LINE: Pelicans -1.5
ABOUT THE PELICANS (20-22): Davis recorded 38 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots in Wednesday's 140-124 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and is averaging 32 points and 15.5 boards over the past four games. "I mean, he's playing at such a high level," New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. "He's been doing it really the whole year. And he's really picked up his rebounding, especially his offensive rebounding. He's done a good job of going to the offensive boards, not always getting them, but keeping balls alive. He's playing great." Davis has a streak of 12 straight double-doubles to raise his season total to 29.
ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (20-22): Point guard Derrick Rose (ankle) scored 21 points in 28 minutes after missing the previous six games and may be held out on the second contest of a back-to-back. Six players scored in double digits against the Mavericks but interim coach Ryan Saunders didn't think his club was as crisp in his second game as it was in his debut against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. "We had a lot of easy looks, I thought," Saunders said during his postgame press conference. "They just didn't fall for us early. In the second half we didn't do a great job in terms of communicating as a team so that is something we need to get better at moving forward."
1. The teams split this season's first two meetings.
2. Minnesota F Robert Covington (ankle) is expected to miss his sixth straight game.
3. New Orleans SG E'Twaun Moore (quadriceps) is expected back after a one-game absence.
PREDICTION: Pelicans 115, Timberwolves 111 Bet Now
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