Pelicans-Clippers Preview

The Los Angeles Clippers don’t seem to have much trouble scoring

at home.

That seems likely to continue against the New Orleans

Pelicans.

The Clippers look to build on perhaps their best performance of

the season Wednesday night when they try to send the Pelicans to an

0-3 start to their road trip.

Los Angeles (17-9) leads the NBA with an average of 111.5 points

at home, winning nine of 11 games. That’s in stark contrast to the

98.7 points the Clippers average on the road.

They continued their offensive prowess at Staples Center on

Monday by beating usually stingy San Antonio 115-92, shooting 51.3

percent from the floor – 11 of 23 from beyond the arc.

“It tells you they’re in it mentally,” coach Doc Rivers said of

the Clippers recording their most lopsided win over the Spurs.

“Very proud of them. I think they wanted to win very bad.”

Los Angeles could be in for another productive day on their own

court since the Pelicans (11-12) are among the worst defensive

teams on the road, surrendering an average of 106.5 points while

going 4-7.

The Clippers have won five of six against New Orleans, including

three in a row. They won for the fourth time in five home meetings

Dec. 19, 2012, holding the Pelicans to 38.7 percent from the floor

– 2 for 19 from long range – in a 93-77 victory.

Blake Griffin will look to capitalize on the defensively porous

Pelicans after scoring 27 points – his highest total in 13 games –

on 8-of-14 shooting with nine rebounds Monday. That was a welcome

change after the All-Star forward averaged 17.1 points and 8.7

boards while shooting 44.2 percent during the Clippers’ 4-3 road

trip.

Chris Paul is also looking to build on a strong performance

after tallying 23 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four

steals Monday. The star guard is averaging 22.0 points and 10.8

assists in four home meetings with New Orleans, the club he spent

his first six seasons with before being dealt to Los Angeles.

The Pelicans opened this five-game road trip with a 102-93 loss

at Denver on Sunday, and followed that up by losing 104-93 to

Golden State two nights later.

“Just a bad game from the start,” coach Monty Williams said of

Tuesday’s defeat, which included an 18-point halftime deficit.

New Orleans could use a better performance from the floor after

making just 37.5 percent Tuesday, including 5 of 18 from 3-point

range. The team wasn’t much better from long range against the

Nuggets, going 7 for 24.

Having Tyreke Evans back would help. A sprained ankle has

sidelined the guard for two games, but it’s unclear when he’ll

return. He averages 19.0 points in 10 meetings with the

Clippers.

Ryan Anderson is averaging 28.5 points over the past four road

games, but he was limited to 21 while going 6 for 16 from the field

against the Warriors. He could be in for an even stiffer test with

a likely matchup against Griffin. Anderson was held to 12.3 points

per game on 31.5 percent from the field – 7 for 29 from 3-point

range – in four meetings with the Clippers last season.