Heat-Pelicans Preview

Automated InsightsJanuary 6, 2014

The league's top shot blocker, Anthony Davis (3.20 BPG), and the New Orleans Pelicans take on the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat have been a dominant team this year, currently holding a 26-8 record. They have looked great over the last 10 games, going 8-2 during the span. On the other end, the Pelicans can gain some ground on the rest of the pack with a win, entering with a record of 15-17. This game is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm EST and FSN-NO and SunSports will be providing coverage of the contest.

The Heat look for another win today after defeating the Raptors, 102-97. With 30 points on 12 for 18 shooting, LeBron James was the game's high scorer. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are feeling some disappointment after the 99-82 loss to the Pacers. Alexis Ajinca had a solid game for New Orleans, recording 17 points along with 7 rebounds and 1 steal.

The aggressive Miami offense might be getting to the charity stripe a lot in this one. They rank fourth in the league at getting to the line (FTA rate of 31.5), while New Orleans is among the NBA's most foul-prone teams (giving up a 28th-ranked FTA rate of 31.5).