Pelicans' Ian Clark tallies 19 points off the bench against Mavs

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It's a matchup of Western Conference foes down in the Big Easy.

Up next: Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers (31-39), Thursday, 7 p.m., Smoothie King Center.

On the heels of a nine-game losing streak back on January 5, the Lakers had a record of just 11-27 SU.

Tuesday marks the Pelicans' third leg of a five-game, six-day homestand - the most compact sequence of home games in modern National Basketball Association history.

Los Angeles has dropped three in a row as they were knocked off on the road by the Pacers Monday night. The Lakers shot 44.2 percent from the field and went eight for 33 from three point range. The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last eight road games. Facing an 87-84 deficit, a Victor Oladipo airborne block led to a Darren Collison three-point play on the other end to tie things with 1:49 to play in the contest. Brook Lopez is manning the middle in his first year with the team, contributing 12.9 points plus 3.9 rebounds per contest. Lonzo Ball adds 10.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game but missed 15 games with a MCL sprain before returning against the Mavericks February 23. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. Channing Frye could be a versatile stretch four if the Lakers choose to utilize him at all: he is out now after having an appendectomy. However, the New Orleans Pelicans are a club that's still playing for something at this point and have been very tough to beat with Anthony Davis carrying the way.

Despite their fatigue, the Pelicans picked up their third straight win to stay No. 5 in the Western Conference standings. The Pelicans were within one game of the fourth-place Thunder for home court advantage in the opening round and three games clear of the ninth-place Nuggets.

The Pelicans are 4 in the league in scoring offense with 111.7 points per game.

They will meet for the final time in New Orleans on April 11 for the regular-season finale.

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Davis located the ball as he sprang upward, corralled it with one hand high above his head and slammed it through as fans rose to their feet and howled, clearly enthralled by the latest spectacle to which they'd been treated by their six-foot-10, five-time All-Star. Anthony Davis finished with 37 points and eight rebounds on 71.4% shooting.

New Orleans Pelicans guard Ian Clark posted 19 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists in 31 minutes off the bench on Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks. The resulting lineup shuffle means small forward Solomon Hill, who had played in only one game this season after coming back from a hamstring tear, is making his first start of the campaign. New Orleans shot 52.7 percent (48 of 91) as a team. Davis had averaged 28.7 points on 51.7 percent shooting in his previous three games against Dallas this season.

Nikola Mirotic still has not fully found his 3-point stroke since joining the Pelicans, shooting just 30.2 percent from deep, but he is not bashful about shooting and has averaged 13.1 points in 20 games since his arrival. New Orleans ranks second in possessions per game (103.2) and Los Angeles is first (103.6). The Pelicans have issues defensively but they can light up the scoreboard in a hurry: look for the hosts to find a way to earn the win here. New Orleans ranks 27th in second chance points allowed per game (13.6). The Pelicans are battling for their playoff lives and situations like this makes life hard.

"We didn't play with any poise tonight", McMillan said. Still, Luke Walton has done a solid job with a team that wasn't expected to do a whole lot this season.

The Lakers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

New Orleans is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over their last five games.

"We're just not talking about this - four (games) in five nights or 12 in 14 nights or whatever - we just got it on the schedule and you've got to play".

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