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Brooklyn at New Orleans
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, January 20, 2017
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Pelicans' current six-game homestand - their longest of the season - is about to get much more difficult. The Pelicans hope to breeze past one more opponent before the degree of difficulty increases dramatically when they host the reeling Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

The six-game stay at the Smoothie King Center began with a 118-98 rout of the Orlando Magic on Wednesday but after the NBA-worst Nets leave town, New Orleans will finish the homestand with games against Cleveland, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and surging Washington. "Obviously, as the season goes longer, you have a smaller margin of error so anytime you play at home, you've got to try and win the games," coach Alvin Gentry told reporters Wednesday. "It doesn't matter who the opponent is because it's so difficult to win on the road. You have to take care of home court, as they say. We have six games and there are very tough teams in it." Brooklyn's 11-game slide is its longest in seven years and included a 104-95 setback at home against New Orleans on Jan. 12. "We're doing a lot well, just has not translated in the win column," center Brook Lopez said after Tuesday's 119-109 loss to Toronto. "I think we're definitely going to break through soon. We've just got to give ourselves a chance every night."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, YES (Brooklyn), FSN New Orleans

ABOUT THE NETS (8-33): Lopez scored 28 points in the loss to the Raptors and reached the 20-point mark in five straight games, tied for his longest such streak this season. Rookie Caris Levert continued his recent surge with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and is averaging 10.1 off the bench over the past seven contests. Guard Jeremy Lin (hamstring) has missed each of the 11 straight losses but is reportedly nearing a return.

ABOUT THE PELICANS (17-26): Anthony Davis had 21 points and 14 rebounds against the Magic for his 27th double-double and was able to take the fourth quarter off, a critical period of rest for a superstar who has been banged up of late. "Every time something heals up, something else happens," Davis, who left with a hand injury after the first quarter but returned with his fingers taped, told the media. "Luckily, I'm not missing games with it, and they're just minor injuries so I can come back and play." Jrue Holiday, who had 21 points in the win over the Nets earlier this month, chipped in 14 points, five assists, a season-high five steals and two blocks in a solid 26-minute effort.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. New Orleans won six straight meetings.

2. Pelicans SG Tyreke Evans is averaging 18.3 points and 2.5 steals in 23.3 minutes over his last four games.

3. Opponents are averaging 115.5 points during Brooklyn's losing streak

PREDICTION: Pelicans 112, Nets 102
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Brooklyn 8-33 L11 7-15 1-18 0-3 8-30 0-8 3-22
New Orleans 17-26 W1 11-11 6-15 0-2 17-24 1-6 6-18
Last Meeting
Brooklyn New Orleans
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/12/17 NO 104 BK 95 95 50 41.2 104 50 42.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Brooklyn B. Lopez 20 50.0 1
New Orleans T. Evans 29 66.7 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Brooklyn T. Booker 12 3 9
New Orleans T. Jones 12 2 10
Assists Player  
Brooklyn T. Booker 4
New Orleans J. Holiday 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Brooklyn B. Lopez 792 46.3 164
New Orleans A. Davis 1234 49.2 323
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Brooklyn T. Booker 372 89 283
New Orleans A. Davis 511 102 409
Assists Player  
Brooklyn S. Kilpatrick 106
New Orleans T. Frazier 264
Quickchart Matchup
Brooklyn Brooklyn Off vs  New Orleans New Orleans Defense
Brooklyn Off vs New Orleans - Points For 105.3 Points For
Brooklyn Off vs New Orleans - Points Against 104.8 Points Against
Brooklyn - FG% 44.0 FG%
New Orleans - FG% 44.1 FG%
Brooklyn - Reb 43.9 Reb
New Orleans - Reb 49.3 Reb
New Orleans New Orleans Off vs  Brooklyn Brooklyn Defense
New Orleans Off vs Brooklyn - Points For 102.6 Points For
New Orleans Off vs Brooklyn - Points Against 115.0 Points Against
New Orleans - FG% 43.9 FG%
Brooklyn - FG% 46.5 FG%
New Orleans - Reb 44.4 Reb
Brooklyn - Reb 47.9 Reb