DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Rudy Gay added 19 off the bench and the Spurs wasted much of a 20-point, second-half lead before hanging on to beat New Orleans 122-113 on Sunday and hand a big blow to the Pelicans’ playoff hopes. The Spurs — bidding to become the first team in NBA history to make 23 consecutive playoff appearances — moved past idle Phoenix into 10th place in the West, percentage points behind Portland for the No. spot that comes with a berth in the play-in series next weekend.
If the New Orleans Pelicans fall to the San Antonio Spurs, you can’t blame Gayle Benson. According to Alvin Gentry in a pregame media session earlier today, the Pelicans owner had plenty of fresh seafood flown in from New Orleans and Chef Loving prepared a dinner feast last night for all the players and personnel inside the Orlando bubble. More importantly, New Orleans head coach also stated that the energy has to be there from tip-off.
The Philadelphia 76ers (42-27) face the Portland Trail Blazers (32-39) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET in the NBA's Orlando bubble. We analyze the 76ers-Trail Blazers NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets.