Powered by Anthony Davis, the Pelicans are risky


The Jazz band is set to take on Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans - now No. 4 in the West and themselves winners of 10 straight games. Back New Orleans to cover this line.

Buddy Hield scored 20 points, Zach Randolph had 19, Frank Mason III scored 16 and Justin Jackson and Skal Labissiere had 14 each to lead Sacramento, which split the season series against New Orleans as the road team won all four games. Friday's game will complete a two-game series between the Pelicans and Wizards. The game finished with a total of 222 points, which was 6 points above the projected point total of 216 points. Davis' status will be re-evaluated on a day-to-day basis. Utah holds a 2-1 advantage in the season series.

New Orleans ranks second in points in the paint per game (51.2) while Washington ranks 22nd (42.2). The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game.

The Pelicans went 1-5 in the aftermath of losing Cousins to season-ending Achilles surgery.

The Wizards rank fifth in assists per game (24.6) while the Pelicans rank 21st in assists allowed per game (24.2).

The Wizards' brilliant road form - Washington have been pretty good on the road all season, but recently they have stepped things up even further, winning seven of their last eight games outside of Washington.

The Wizards rank 12th in steals per game (8.0) while the Pelicans rank 22nd in steals allowed per game (8.2). When the sides met earlier in the season, he put up 37 points to go with nine rebounds in 37 minutes of action.

More impressively, he's averaged 35.6 points, 13.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 3.1 blocks and 2.8 steals during the Pelicans' winning streak, including a 53-point outburst against the Phoenix Suns on February 26 that led to a Western Conference Player of the Week nod. He hasn't typically played well against them though, with his 15.0 points per night in games against the Pelicans the lowest split of his career.