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2:00 PM PT3:00 PM MT4:00 PM CT5:00 PM ET22:00 GMT6:00 3:00 PM MST5:00 PM EST2:00 UAE (+1)23:0017:00 ET4:00 PM CT20:00 , January 20, 2020
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Grizzlies try to keep win streak going vs. Pelicans

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According to STATS

New Orleans Pelicans at Memphis Grizzlies

  1. The Grizzlies currently have the NBA's longest-active win streak at seven games. It's the longest win streak by Memphis since an eight-game streak from January 21 -- February 4, 2015.
  2. Memphis has scored 110+ points in 13 consecutive games, the longest such streak in franchise history and the longest-active streak in the NBA. The Grizzlies are averaging 113.5 points per game this season, on pace to blow away their single-season team record of 103.5 points per game set just last season.
  3. The Pelicans are coming off a 133-130 loss against the Clippers on Saturday. New Orleans led this game at halftime, 80-72; its 80 points at the half are the most by any team in the first half of a loss this season.
  4. Lonzo Ball has three triple-doubles in his last 10 games after an 18-point, 11-assist and 10-rebound effort against the Clippers. Over this 10-game span, Ball has averaged 17.1 points, 9.3 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 38.0 percent (30-for-79) from three-point range.
  5. Ja Morant is averaging 7.6 points in the fourth quarter this season, fourth most in the NBA behind James Harden (9.7), Trae Young (8.5) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (8.0). Morant's .547 field-goal percentage in the fourth quarter ranks third in the NBA, and first among all guards (min. 100 FGA).
  6. The Pelicans and Grizzlies are 6-6 against the other since 2016-17, splitting the season series, 2-2, in all three seasons. New Orleans has limited Memphis to 97.1 points per game over those 12 meetings, its lowest opponent scoring average against any team over that time.

The Memphis Grizzlies have the longest winning streak in the NBA, thanks in part to the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans ended visiting Utah's 10-game winning streak with a 138-132 overtime victory on Thursday. That left the Grizzlies with the longest winning streak, which grew to seven when they defeated visiting Cleveland 113-109 one night later.

New Orleans, which lost at home to the Clippers 133-130 on Saturday afternoon, will try to end the Grizzlies' winning streak when they visit Memphis on Monday.

"It feels good," Grizzlies rookie guard Ja Morant said of the winning streak. "Just staying with the same mindset, never being satisfied, staying hungry and keeping it going."

Memphis kept the streak going against the Cavaliers despite going scoreless for the final two minutes. Dillon Brooks scored 26 points and Morant had 16 points and eight assists as the Grizzlies built a 21-point fourth-quarter lead Cleveland that couldn't completely erase.

"I don't think we played our best and they took advantage of it," Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. "These are situations we've faced a number of times during the season where you've got a lead and maybe a play here or there could have just flipped the game. But our guys stuck with it, despite having a mostly off night."

The Grizzlies shot better than 50 percent from the floor (50.6, 45 of 89) for the sixth time during the winning streak.

That helped them produce what Jenkins called "another awesome, fun game in front of our crowd."

They'll be in front of their crowd again when the Pelicans arrive for a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday matinee, fresh off a tough loss to the Clippers.

New Orleans had its highest-scoring half of the season in building an 80-72 lead and held a 110-102 lead after through quarters, but was outscored 31-20 in the fourth quarter.

"I think both teams kind of slowed down a little bit in the fourth quarter," Pelicans center Derrick Favors said, "but I think we probably turned the ball over a couple of times and let a rebound get away, and they just went and made baskets. I think it was letting little things take us out of the game."

Lonzo Ball had his third triple-double of the season as one of six Pelicans to score in double figures, but New Orleans had 21 turnovers and made just 23 of 36 free throws.

"It's a game of runs," Ball said. "They made their run early in the fourth when they erased that 8-to-10 point lead pretty fast and then it came down to those last two minutes."

This is expected to be the Pelicans' last game before top overall draft pick Zion Williamson makes his NBA debut. The Grizzlies grabbed Morant right after the Pelicans picked Williamson, who is expected to return from arthroscopic knee surgery for a home game against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

New Orleans and Memphis are meeting for the first time this season, so there will be three other opportunities for the top two picks to face one another.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 19, 2020

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