Pelicans play the Heat on 4-game win streak
Miami Heat (35-20, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (22-32, 10th in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: New Orleans heads into a matchup against Miami as winners of four consecutive games.
The Pelicans have gone 12-13 in home games. New Orleans is 13-23 against opponents with a winning record.
The Heat are 17-14 on the road. Miami ranks ninth in the league with 10.7 offensive rebounds per game led by Bam Adebayo averaging 2.7.
The teams square off for the second time this season. The Heat won 113-98 in the last meeting on Nov. 18. Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 31 points, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the Pelicans with 24 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists for the Pelicans. Jaxson Hayes is averaging 13.5 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans.
Tyler Herro is shooting 42.8% and averaging 20.1 points for the Heat. Duncan Robinson is averaging 3.4 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Miami.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 6-4, averaging 107.2 points, 41.3 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 8.8 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.7 points per game.
Heat: 6-4, averaging 110.7 points, 42.6 rebounds, 27.9 assists, 9.3 steals and 2.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.4 points.
INJURIES: Pelicans: Larry Nance Jr.: out (knee), Kira Lewis Jr.: out for season (knee), Zion Williamson: out (foot), Willy Hernangomez: out (health and safety protocols).
Heat: Victor Oladipo: out (right knee), Markieff Morris: out (reconditioning), KZ Okpala: out (wrist), Omer Yurtseven: out (health and safety protocols), Tyler Herro: day to day (knee).