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Pelicans vs Grizzlies – NBA Picks and Predictions 2/16/21

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It was less than two weeks ago that the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 118-109.

It was the Pelicans’ third victory in what would become a season-best four-game winning streak.

But the promise that New Orleans showed during that streak has vanished as it visits Memphis on Tuesday night.

The Pelicans will be completing a four-game road trip that has featured three losses and three poor defensive performances.

“You’re going to have nights when you’re not shooting it well,” New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy said. “You’re going to have to lean on your defense, and we can’t. We can’t lean on our defense at all right now. That is a problem.”

Chicago and Dallas each made 25 3-pointers and scored 129 and 143 points, respectively, in double-digit wins before Detroit beat the Pelicans 123-112 on Sunday. The Pistons easily overcame a 40-30 New Orleans advantage after one quarter and ultimately made 17 of 35 3-pointers and shot 53.6 percent from the field.

“It was more than the 3s,” Van Gundy said. “We were just getting rocked off the dribble. Nobody blocked out. We just didn’t compete nearly as hard as they did.”

Van Gundy said his top two players — forwards Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram — showed signs of fatigue. He said he will evaluate how many minutes they are playing as well as every other aspect of his personnel usage.

“I’m not saying we will make changes,” Van Gundy said, “(but) I don’t think we can, with no thought, just put the same guys out there.”

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It was less than two weeks ago that the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 118-109.

It was the Pelicans’ third victory in what would become a season-best four-game winning streak.

But the promise that New Orleans showed during that streak has vanished as it visits Memphis on Tuesday night.

The Pelicans will be completing a four-game road trip that has featured three losses and three poor defensive performances.

“You’re going to have nights when you’re not shooting it well,” New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy said. “You’re going to have to lean on your defense, and we can’t. We can’t lean on our defense at all right now. That is a problem.”

Chicago and Dallas each made 25 3-pointers and scored 129 and 143 points, respectively, in double-digit wins before Detroit beat the Pelicans 123-112 on Sunday. The Pistons easily overcame a 40-30 New Orleans advantage after one quarter and ultimately made 17 of 35 3-pointers and shot 53.6 percent from the field.

“It was more than the 3s,” Van Gundy said. “We were just getting rocked off the dribble. Nobody blocked out. We just didn’t compete nearly as hard as they did.”

Van Gundy said his top two players — forwards Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram — showed signs of fatigue. He said he will evaluate how many minutes they are playing as well as every other aspect of his personnel usage.

“I’m not saying we will make changes,” Van Gundy said, “(but) I don’t think we can, with no thought, just put the same guys out there.”

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