New Orleans faces Denver, looks to stop 4-game slide

Denver Nuggets (33-14, first in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (26-21, fourth in the Western Conference)

New Orleans; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: New Orleans looks to stop its four-game skid when the Pelicans play Denver.

The Pelicans are 16-10 against Western Conference opponents. New Orleans is 11- when it has fewer turnovers than its opponents and averages 14.6 turnovers per game.

The Nuggets are 24-10 in Western Conference play. Denver is the top team in the Western Conference shooting 39.8% from deep. DeAndre Jordan leads the Nuggets shooting 100.0% from 3-point range.

The teams meet for the second time this season. The Pelicans won 121-106 in the last matchup on Dec. 4.

TOP PERFORMERS: CJ McCollum is averaging 21.1 points and 5.8 assists for the Pelicans. Zion Williamson is averaging 26 points, seven rebounds and 4.6 assists over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

Nikola Jokic is averaging 25.1 points, 11 rebounds and 9.9 assists for the Nuggets. Jamal Murray is averaging 17.5 points over the last 10 games for Denver.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 3-7, averaging 110.7 points, 41.7 rebounds, 24.8 assists, 8.8 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 47.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.0 points per game.

Nuggets: 9-1, averaging 120.2 points, 43.9 rebounds, 29.0 assists, 8.5 steals and 5.0 blocks per game while shooting 51.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.7 points.

INJURIES: Pelicans: E.J. Liddell: out (right knee), Naji Marshall: day to day (toe), Zion Williamson: out (hamstring), Brandon Ingram: out (toe).

Nuggets: Bones Hyland: day to day (finger), Nikola Jokic: day to day (hamstring), Vlatko Cancar: day to day (illness), Peyton Watson: out (adductor), Collin Gillespie: out (leg), Michael Porter Jr.: day to day (personal), Jamal Murray: day to day (hip).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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