Finally Back Home, Spurs Will Slow Roll of Anthony Davis-Led Pelicans

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 4:47 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 4:47 PM UTC

Anthony Davis is playing like a madman of late, and his red-hot Pelicans bring a six-game winning streak into San Antonio on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET). Will the Spurs end that run?

New Orleans (34-26, 31-28-1 ATS) at San Antonio (36-25, 32-27-2 ATS)Free NBA Pick: SpursBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Unfortunately, no national television for Wednesday night’s very intriguing Pelicans at Spurs matchup as New Orleans superstar Anthony Davis is absolutely must-see TV right now. There’s always NBA League Pass. It’s an 8:30 p.m. tipoff from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, a place the Spurs might not remember because it has been so long since they were there.

This is the third of four meetings between Southwest Division rivals – neither has a chance to win that with Houston running away, but this could be a potential first-round playoff preview. The Spurs sit fourth in the West and the Pelicans fifth as of Tuesday.

On Nov. 22, New Orleans was a 1-point home favorite and thumped the Spurs 107-90, rallying from an early 15-point deficit and leading by as many as 30. Davis had 29 points and 11 rebounds and fellow Twin Tower DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 15 boards – of course, Cousins is now out for the season. Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 19 points off the bench. Kawhi Leonard was out injured then just as he is currently.

The Pelicans are 10-3 ATS in the past 13 meetings overall.

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Anthony Davis made history tonight, scoring 53 PTS, grabbing 18 REB, and blocking 5 shots to lead the @PelicansNBA to their sixth straight win!#DoItBig

— NBA (@NBA) February 27, 2018

Davis Is A Freaking Stud

Like most NBA experts, I wrote off the Pelicans when Cousins tore his Achilles’ tendon on Jan. 26. Yeah, New Orleans might sneak into the playoffs, but as a No. 7 or 8 seed and then get swept in the first round. Well, Davis is putting this franchise on his shoulders during a very impressive six-game winning streak (5-1 ATS) – and earning a top-four seed now isn’t out of the question.

In Monday’s 125-116 win over Phoenix, Davis had 53 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks – he’s the first player ever to reach those three totals in a game. He joined Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo as the only players with 50 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks since blocks began to be tracked in 1973-74. The 53 points were the fourth-most in the NBA this season, following 60 and 56 from James Harden and 57 from LeBron James.

Davis has five games in February of at least 40 points and 10 rebounds, the most in a single calendar month over the last 35 years. During the winning streak, Davis is putting up 41.5 points per game and 15.0 rebounds. For the month, he’s averaging 35.9 points and 12.7 rebounds. Guy is an absolute stud. Now if he can just stay healthy.

The Spurs concluded their annual Rodeo Road Trip on Sunday with a 110-94 upset in Cleveland to end a four-game losing streak and close the trip at 2-4; San Antonio hadn’t lost five straight games on one road trip since March 1992. LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and Dejounte Murray 13 points and nine rebounds.

To shake things up, Coach Gregg Popovich brought Danny Green off the bench for the first time this season, and Green responded with 22 points. We’ll have to see if that continues (the official game notes do list Patty Mills starting again Wednesday). Manu Ginobili missed the game with a bruised sternum suffered Friday but says he will play Wednesday. Pau Gasol had his left knee wrapped after Sunday's game but claimed it was "nothing serious."

Fascinating matchup here with the Spurs No. 1 in the NBA in defense and the Pelicans averaging nearly 128 points per game in the past six. If anyone knows how to game plan for Davis, it should be Popovich. San Antonio has won the past five at home in the series. The Spurs also are a solid 17-10-1 ATS at home, in what is their first game there since Feb. 3. Take San Antonio for a Wednesday NBA pick.

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