Five things to know about the Pelicans on Dec. 6, 2017

by Jim Eichenhofer

1)      New Orleans (12-12) hosts Denver (13-10) at 7 p.m. tonight. Tickets are available here.

2)      Based on the results of recent games, the Western Conference standings around the Pelicans have become jam-packed. New Orleans enters a busy Wednesday around the NBA in eighth place, just a half-game ahead of ninth-place Oklahoma City (11-12), which has suddenly put together a three-game winning streak. Ahead of the Pelicans, only 1.5 games separate fourth-place Denver and their current eighth-place status. No. 5 Minnesota (14-11), No. 6 Portland (13-11) and No. 7 Utah (13-12) all lost their most recently-played game, with the Trail Blazers now losers of three straight, all at home. New Orleans is a combined 2-5 against West teams in slots 4 through 9.

3)      Watch Tuesday post-practice video interviews with Alvin Gentry, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo.

4)      Pelicans players learned more about the business side of basketball recently, in conjunction with Zatarain’s.

5)      David Wesley will be the guest on Wednesday’s Black and Blue Report.