The Los Angeles Clippers will host the New Orleans Pelicans for a win-or-go-home play-in game on Friday, April 15. The Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-103  

The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Spurs 113-103 with help from CJ McCollum and will advance to play the Clippers for the 8th seed in the NBA Playoffs. 

The Clippers handily beat the Pelicans 119-100 earlier this month, but there are reasons to be weary of New Orleans, the first of which has to do with momentum.  

Unlike the Clippers, the Pelicans will go into Friday’s game with a win fresh in their memory. The Clippers narrowly lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-104 on Tuesday. 

It was a back and forth game in the 1st quarter , but CJ McCollum turned it up in the second to score 19 points and finished the half with 27 points. 

CJ finished with 32 points on 52 percent shooting. The Pelicans needed it, as Brandon Ingram was in foul trouble and only played 30 minutes. He was still able to score 27 points 

Clippers lost, though; it’s that by the end of Tuesday’s game, they looked absolutely gassed. Meanwhile, the Pelicans were in control for pretty much all of Wednesday night’s contest.  

Granted, the level of competition was different, but from a morale standpoint, the Pelicans have the edge. 

Jose Alvarado was a spark off of the bench and finished the game with 12 points. The bench was outscored 32-20, but made important hustle plays that helped keep the momentum for New Orleans.