NEW ORLEANS -- If ever there were a time for the New Orleans Pelicans to make a northward move in the NBA standings, it is now.
Coming off two blowout victories on the road against the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat before the Christmas break, the Pelicans (17-16) will take on the Brooklyn Nets (12-21) on Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center.
It is the first of five home games in an eight-game stretch against manageable competition that could allow New Orleans to gain some needed daylight in the Western Conference playoff race.
Only two of the Pelicans' next eight opponents have winning records.
"It's good for us, especially going into the break," New Orleans backup guard Ian Clark said after scoring a season-high 19 points Saturday in a 109-94 victory over the Heat. "Obviously we want to keep rolling, make sure we don't have any slippage. For us, it's building blocks, and we know that. It's coming down the stretch, especially when we come back from Christmas and the New Year. >> Read more
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