Through 3 Quarters

Their last head-to-head April was close, and so far it looks like that's how the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans will finish this one. It's still tight after three quarters, with San Antonio leading 85-82.

The top scorer for the Spurs has been center Jakob Poeltl (19 points). New Orleans has been relying on small forward Brandon Ingram, who has 18 points and nine assists in addition to six rebounds, and small forward Josh Hart, who has 13 points and four assists along with nine boards.

New Orleans hasn't lost 95% of the games in which they were down heading into the final period this season, so a win here would be refreshing.

Who's Playing

New Orleans @ San Antonio

Current Records: New Orleans 8-20; San Antonio 9-16

What to Know

The San Antonio Spurs are getting right back to it as they host the New Orleans Pelicans at 7 p.m. ET Dec. 12 at AT&T Center. New Orleans will be strutting in after a win while the Spurs will be stumbling in from a loss.

This past Saturday, San Antonio lost to the Denver Nuggets at home by a decisive 127-112 margin. San Antonio was down 103-74 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Small forward Lonnie Walker IV (16 points), shooting guard Devin Vassell (15 points), small forward Keldon Johnson (14 points), and shooting guard Bryn Forbes (14 points) were the top scorers for San Antonio.

Meanwhile, New Orleans strolled past the Detroit Pistons with points to spare this past Friday, taking the contest 109-93. The Pelicans' small forward Brandon Ingram did his thing and had 26 points and five assists.

Barring any buzzer beaters, the Spurs are expected to win a tight contest Sunday. They have been consistent moneymakers against the spread when favored (4-2), so they might be worth a quick bet.

San Antonio is now 9-16 while New Orleans sits at 8-20. A couple numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: San Antonio enters the matchup with only 16.8 fouls per game on average, which is the best in the league. On the other end of the spectrum, New Orleans is fifth worst in the league in fouls per game, with 20.1 on average. Keep an eye on whether or not foul trouble puts New Orleans in a difficult position.

How To Watch

  • When: Sunday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: AT&T Center -- San Antonio, Texas
  • TV: Bally Sports - New Orleans
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $9.90

Odds

The Spurs are a slight 2-point favorite against the Pelicans, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Spurs as a 2.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -112

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Series History

San Antonio have won 14 out of their last 21 games against New Orleans.

  • Apr 24, 2021 - San Antonio 110 vs. New Orleans 108
  • Feb 27, 2021 - San Antonio 117 vs. New Orleans 114
  • Dec 27, 2020 - New Orleans 98 vs. San Antonio 95
  • Aug 09, 2020 - San Antonio 122 vs. New Orleans 113
  • Jan 22, 2020 - San Antonio 121 vs. New Orleans 117
  • Feb 02, 2019 - San Antonio 113 vs. New Orleans 108
  • Jan 26, 2019 - San Antonio 126 vs. New Orleans 114
  • Nov 19, 2018 - New Orleans 140 vs. San Antonio 126
  • Nov 03, 2018 - San Antonio 109 vs. New Orleans 95
  • Apr 11, 2018 - New Orleans 122 vs. San Antonio 98
  • Mar 15, 2018 - San Antonio 98 vs. New Orleans 93
  • Feb 28, 2018 - New Orleans 121 vs. San Antonio 116
  • Nov 22, 2017 - New Orleans 107 vs. San Antonio 90
  • Mar 03, 2017 - San Antonio 101 vs. New Orleans 98
  • Jan 27, 2017 - New Orleans 119 vs. San Antonio 103
  • Dec 18, 2016 - San Antonio 113 vs. New Orleans 100
  • Oct 29, 2016 - San Antonio 98 vs. New Orleans 79
  • Mar 30, 2016 - San Antonio 100 vs. New Orleans 92
  • Mar 03, 2016 - San Antonio 94 vs. New Orleans 86
  • Feb 03, 2016 - San Antonio 110 vs. New Orleans 97
  • Nov 20, 2015 - New Orleans 104 vs. San Antonio 90

Injury Report for San Antonio

  • Zach Collins: Out (Foot)

Injury Report for New Orleans

  • Daulton Hommes: Out (Leg)
  • Zion Williamson: Out (Foot)
  • Kira Lewis Jr.: Out for the Season (Knee)