Atlanta knocked off the Pelicans in the preseason, but this will be a much different contest this time around, with both teams throwing out their best talent in regular season play. Anthony Davis is averaging 20.8 points per game for the Pelicans this season, and an even 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. He is clearly one of the best players in the NBA today, and will present quite a challenge for the visiting Hawks.
While not boasting an elite talent such as Davis, the Hawks have been playing like a complete unit. They have five players averaging 10 points or more through the first six games of the season, and almost a sixth player, with Kyle Korver averaging 9.3 points per game. Kent Bazemore has really come into his own the past few games, averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the Hawks last four wins.
With the Hawks effort on the defensive end, hopefully the focus on Anthony Davis will be enough, and the stats say that it should be. The Hawks are 5th in the league in opponent points per game, and 8th in the league in overall defensive rating. Either way, if they keep playing like they have in the previous 5 wins, the Hawks should like their chances in New Orleans.
Game Date/Time: Friday, November 6, 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
TV: FOX Sports Southeast
Radio: 92.9 The Game FM