Game Preview: Pelicans vs. Jazz - November 20, 2013

Pelicans vs. Jazz Game Preview

Exactly one week after the Jazz registered their first victory of the 2013-14 season by defeating the Pelicans in Salt Lake City, the pair of Western Conference clubs meet again, on Wednesday evening in the Crescent City. Utah trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half of the initial Nov. 13 matchup, before rallying to end its season-starting eight-game losing streak. The Jazz prevailed 111-105, outscoring the Pelicans by a 38-28 tally in the fourth quarter.

New Orleans is pleased to be back in the friendly confines of its home arena this week, after going 0-3 on its most recent road trip, culminating with last Wednesday’s loss to Utah. The Pelicans are 3-2 at home in 2013-14, including double-digit victories over Charlotte, the Lakers and Philadelphia, as well as a narrow defeat on Opening Night to Eastern Conference power Indiana.

New Orleans leading scorer Anthony Davis has been effective everywhere early in the 2013-14 campaign, but even more so in Louisiana. The second-year power forward accumulated 32 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks vs. the Lakers, but that may not have even been his most impressive statistical performance. In the Nov. 2 win over the Bobcats, Davis compiled one of the finest all-around games by a 20-year-old in NBA history, with 25 points, eight rebounds, six blocks, six steals and four assists. He also had a career-best eight blocks against the 76ers.

By defeating the Pelicans last week, the Jazz avoided threatening their worst-ever start to a regular season. In 1974-75, the Jazz dropped their first 11 games. Coincidentally, the franchise was based in New Orleans that season, debuting in the NBA as an expansion team. The ’74-75 Jazz were led by “Pistol” Pete Maravich, whose No. 7 uniform is retired in New Orleans by both the Saints and Pelicans.

Pelicans Anthony Davis
Intriguing matchup: Power forward
Anthony Davis vs. Derrick Favors

Davis compiled another outstanding statistical game last week against the Jazz, notching 29 points and 15 rebounds, but it came in a disappointing loss. Meanwhile, Favors managed 12 points, 12 rebounds and five steals. Favors dropped in a crucial layup in the final minute to help ice the win. One blemish: He was just 2 of 8 on free throws in the victory.
Jazz Derrick Favors