The New Orleans Pelicans have a short week due to the All-Star break coming up, but that doesn’t mean they can take any days off.
On Monday, Anthony Davis and the Pelicans take on the Toronto Raptors. This will be the first game between these two teams this season. Luckily for the Pelicans, the Raptors enter the week on a two game losing steak. Toronto is in third place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 26-24.
The Pelicans are 6-4 in the last 10 games and are eight games behind Golden State for eighth place in the Western Conference. The struggle continues for the Pelicans outside shooters and that will definitely be a talking point for this organization as they head into the All-Star break this coming weekend.
In the last timeout the Pelicans went 6-18 from beyond the arc (33.3%). Davis finished with one rebound short of a double-double and the Pelicans lost to the Brooklyn Nets 93-81.
The Pelicans now turn the page and look to slow up Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan tonight. It shapes up to be a great game as both teams average about the same in total points, but can the Pelicans score enough points to beat the Raptors?
After the Pelicans are done in Toronto the team comes back to the United States to take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks haven’t had a winning season since back in 2009-2010 when they finished 46-36. The last time the Pelicans finished a season with a winning record was a season later (46-36).
Luke Babbitt has now played two games for the New Orleans Pelicans. In his first game against the Timberwolves last Friday, he played 19 minutes and finished the game with 5 points and 6 rebounds. His second game against the Nets, Babbitt played 19 minutes again and finished with 9 points and 4 rebounds. He went 3-6 (50%) from three point range and shot 3-8 from the floor (37.5%).
I want to see Babbitt play a medium amount of minutes for now and once the All-Star break is over I would really like to see Monty Williams give Babbitt 26-32 minutes a game. The best part about Babbitt is that he can shoot the ball and the Pelicans are in need of someone who can shoot the rock consistently.
The Pelicans need to win both of their games this week, because that would put them in a great position entering the All-Star break. You don’t want to go into any kind of break on a losing streak.
Coming out of the break the Pelicans will need to ride on the momentum that Davis gives off after his solid performances in the All-Star events.
If the Pelicans can come out of the break riding on a two game winning streak not only will I be happy, but the fans of New Orleans will be static as well.
The Pelicans are right in the mix of everything, but they need that little boost of energy. The Pelicans definitely have that boost with Davis being an All-Star and Babbitt playing quality minutes. The question is will they use that boost?