Five things to know about the Pelicans on Jan. 20, 2021

by Jim Eichenhofer

1)      On Western Conference Wednesday, roughly one-sixth of the way through the 72-game regular season New Orleans (5-8) is one game out of the final play-in spot and behind 10th-place Dallas (6-7). If the season ended today, the six West playoff qualifiers would be the Lakers, Utah, Clippers, Phoenix, San Antonio and Portland, while the four play-in squads are Golden State, Memphis, Denver and Dallas. Out of the mix: 6-7 Oklahoma City (loses tiebreaker with Dallas based on conference record), New Orleans, Sacramento, Houston and Minnesota.

2)      The West’s second-place team, Utah, built a big second-half lead and posted a 118-102 victory over the Pelicans last night.

3)      Watch postgame interviews with Stan Van Gundy, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, who notched a second straight excellent offensive performance.

4)      Check out action photos from Tuesday’s game.

5)      New Orleans’ next three games are against the West, including the second game of a series in Utah on Thursday. That’s followed by the road-trip finale Saturday at Minnesota, then Monday’s home game vs. San Antonio. The matchup with the Spurs begins a six-game homestand.

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