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New Orleans plays Atlanta, looks to end home slide

By The Associated PressMarch 26, 2019

Atlanta Hawks (26-48, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (31-44, 12th in the Western Conference)

New Orleans; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: New Orleans plays Atlanta looking to break its six-game home slide.

The Pelicans have gone 18-18 in home games. New Orleans ranks fourth in the Western Conference with 15 fast break points per game, led by Anthony Davis averaging 2.8.

The Hawks have gone 11-26 away from home. Atlanta ranks second in the Eastern Conference scoring 51.1 points in the paint per game, led by John Collins averaging 12.9. In their last meeting on March 10, the Hawks won 128-116. Kevin Huerter led Atlanta with 27 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Davis leads the Pelicans scoring 25.9 points per game and averaging 12.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Elfrid Payton has averaged 8.9 assists and 11.9 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

Collins leads the Hawks averaging 19.4 points and has added 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Trae Young has averaged 21.3 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 42.6 percent over the last 10 games for Atlanta.

LAST 10 GAMES: Hawks: 4-6, averaging 115.1 points, 49 rebounds, 26.4 assists, 7.8 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 44.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.8 points on 46.0 percent shooting.

Pelicans: 2-8, averaging 111.3 points, 47.8 rebounds, 27.4 assists, 8.1 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 44.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 122.8 points on 48.4 percent shooting.

Pelicans Injuries: E’Twaun Moore: out (quad), Anthony Davis: day to day (back), Elfrid Payton: day to day (wrist), Jrue Holiday: out (abdominal strain).

Hawks Injuries: Alex Poythress: out (right ankle sprain), Omari Spellman: out (left ankle), Miles Plumlee: out (left knee pain).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.

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