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New Orleans at Atlanta
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

Expect plenty of action in the paint Friday in Atlanta, as the Hawks and the visiting New Orleans Pelicans look to get their dominant big men more involved at the offensive end. Atlanta looks to bounce back from a 126-115 loss to Toronto on Wednesday in which power forward Paul Millsap failed to score in double figures for the first time this season. The Pelicans are coming off a frustrating 99-89 home loss to Sacramento in which star forward Anthony Davis matched season lows for points (14) and field-goal attempts (12).

Both teams have flashed the potential to be playoff contenders, but they won't get there without their post players putting up big numbers. "We have to understand that Anthony is our best player and he has to get more opportunities to help us be a good team," New Orleans coach Monty Williams told reporters. Millsap had just three points in the second half against the Raptors and matched his season low with nine shot attempts while breaking a streak of 35 straight games scoring in double digits.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN New Orleans, SportSouth (Atlanta)

ABOUT THE PELICANS (7-6): New Orleans has alternated wins and losses in its last six games and has a chance to make a statement with consecutive road games against Eastern Conference teams in Atlanta and Washington. The Pelicans will need Davis (25.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.4 blocks) involved, but the Hawks' perimeter defense was atrocious against Toronto, so guard Jrue Holiday (15 points, 6.5 assists) and swingman Tyreke Evans (15.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists) could be primed for big nights. Outside threat Ryan Anderson (15.3 points) also could be a factor against a Hawks team that gave up 14 3-pointers to the Raptors.

ABOUT THE HAWKS (7-6): The off night from Millsap (16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds) was offset by a huge game from point guard Jeff Teague, who had 24 points and 12 assists to keep the Hawks in the game versus Toronto. Teague (18.3 points, seven assists) has topped 20 points in four straight games, tying his career high, and is averaging 25.8 points over that stretch. Al Horford (14 points, 6.4 rebounds) also had a nice game against Toronto with 23 points and nine boards, continuing an impressive six-game stretch in which he is shooting 70 percent from the field.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. New Orleans has won three straight meetings and six of the past eight and has not lost in Atlanta since Nov. 14, 2009.

2. The Pelicans are 7-0 when shooting for a higher percentage than their opponent.

3. Hawks SG Kyle Korver has made 25 consecutive free throws

PREDICTION: Pelicans 105, Hawks 101

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New Orleans 7-6 L1 4-2 3-4 0-0 7-6 1-2 5-5
Atlanta 7-6 L1 5-2 2-4 0-0 7-6 2-1 6-4
Last Meeting
New Orleans Atlanta
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/21/14 NO 111 ATL 105 111 40 51.4 105 34 44.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New Orleans A. Davis 34 57.9 12
Atlanta J. Teague 26 50.0 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New Orleans A. Davis 11 2 9
Atlanta D. Carroll 7 1 6
Assists Player  
New Orleans B. Roberts 5
Atlanta J. Teague 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New Orleans A. Davis 438 57.0 94
Atlanta J. Teague 309 47.1 86
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New Orleans A. Davis 194 60 134
Atlanta P. Millsap 138 39 99
Assists Player  
New Orleans J. Holiday 104
Atlanta J. Teague 116
Quickchart Matchup
New Orleans Off vs  Atlanta Defense
102.8 Points For
104.3 Points Against
45.8 FG%
46.4 FG%
42.3 Reb
42.9 Reb
Atlanta Off vs  New Orleans Defense
103.5 Points For
99.9 Points Against
46.6 FG%
45.8 FG%
42.9 Reb
43.9 Reb