The Pelicans return home to face the Miami Heat at 7 p.m. on Friday night in the Smoothie King Center. Here are three things to know:
1) LONG LAYOFF: The nine-day break between games is the longest break between regular-season games (in the same season) in franchise history. The NBA extended the All-Star break two seasons ago to give players a longer time to rest in the middle of an 82-game grind. The Heat have been off for the same amount of time.
2) WADE COUNTY: Miami brought home Dwyane Wade in a trade at the deadline, adding their greatest player in franchise history to the current roster in exchange for a draft pick. Wade is a 12-time All-Star and won three championships for the Heat before leaving in free agency as a 35-year-old in the summer of 2016.
3) THREE’S A CURSE: The Pelicans have tallied six different three-game winning streaks this season, including the one they’re currently on. Only once has New Orleans extended it to four games on Jan. 26 when they beat the Rockets and DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season.