Wizards Aim to Snap Pelicans' Winning Streak Sans Davis

Troy Haliburton

Friday, March 9, 2018 3:41 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 3:41 PM UTC

The Pelicans are one of the hottest teams in the NBA with their 10-game winning streak, but with Anthony Davis' status in question will they have enough firepower to keep the streak alive?

Washington Wizards (31-33-1 ATS) at New Orleans Pelicans (35-28-1 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Wizards -3Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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The Wizards are coming together as a team on the court, even though there seems to be a growing discontent between players off it. One of the frustrations of this team has been the lack of ball movement, and, whether coincidental or not, the offensive flow has dramatically improved since John Wall was removed from the lineup. Tomas Satoransky has replaced Wall in the starting lineup and has emerged as a more than capable NBA point guard.

The Pelicans are finally figuring out how to move forward in their life without DeMarcus Cousins. Just when the season seemed to be spiraling out of control, the most unlikeliest player has come into stabilize their lineups, and that is Emeka Okafor.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 draft had been out of the NBA for three seasons and spent the majority of this year playing for the Delaware 87ers of the G-League before getting the call from New Orleans. Okafor made his first start in five years recently, and his play down low allows Anthony Davis to flourish on the perimeter and not have to worry about doing the dirty work of an NBA big man.

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MRI results on New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis’ left ankle revealed a sprain, league source tells ESPN. He’s day to day and doubtful for Friday game.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 8, 2018
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The Pelicans are 10-0 with Okafor in the starting lineup and have won their last 10 overall, lighting it up offensively. Yes, Okafor’s play has been instrumental, but let’s not kid ourselves on the fact that Davis has been exceptional over the course of the winning streak. Unfortunately for New Orleans, Davis injured his ankle in their latest win against the Sacramento Kings, and he is listed as doubtful to face the Wizards.

With Davis out, expect the Wizards to take complete advantage of their opportunity to steal a game on the road. They are 19-13 ATS on the road this season, ranking in the top five among all ATS away marks.

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