As of today and before tonight's four games, here are the following standings for the Western Conference courtesy of ESPN:
The New Orleans Pelicans are currently 10th, 4 games out of the playoff picture. Had the Pelicans taken care of business on their recent roadtrip, and picked up wins against BOS, PHI and NYK, they would currently be 1 game out of the 8th playoff position.
The Next Stretch
The Pelicans have 11 games remaining before the All-Star break. Only 4 of them are against teams that currently sit inside the playoff bubble: DAL, LAC, ATL and CHI.
If the Pelicans have any hopes of making a legitimate run for the postseason, they should seek to go at least 7-4, but preferably better than that. Sitting at the .500 mark, just past the halfway point of the season, they'll need anywhere from 24-28 wins over their remaining 40 games. Yep, they've got to start winning a whole lot more often than losing -- something they've been unable to demonstrate as of yet.
With Jrue Holiday out 2-4 weeks (and possibly more), the Pelicans will have to be fortunate on the injury front. Another loss of one of the core members would likely eliminate whatever remaining odds the team still has on playing meaningful basketball in late April, even if our MVP candidate, Anthony Davis, never misses another game for the rest of the season.
In addition, Ryan Anderson is going to have to get out of his funk as the Pels have proven to be heavily reliant on his scoring efficiency. In our 21 wins, he's averaging 16.6 points while shooting 45.6% from the field and 40.0% from three point territory. In the losses, those numbers drop dramatically: 12.8 points via a 36.0 FG% and a 27.3 3FG%.