Injuries were already handcuffing the New Orleans Pelicans before the referees added to their misery. The Pelicans will attempt to snap a five-game slide and keep the game from coming down to a questionable call when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. The NBA announced on Sunday that a foul should have been called on Austin Rivers' attempt at a tying 3-pointer as time expired at Dallas on Saturday, when New Orleans suffered a 110-107 setback.The Pelicans are giving Rivers more responsibility with Jrue Holiday (stress fracture) and Ryan Anderson (herniated disc) out of the lineup indefinitely. The second-year guard is averaging 10.5 points in the last two games but did not get a chance for the tying free throws on Saturday. San Antonio owns the best record in the Western Conference and is riding a four-game winning streak after cruising past the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-86 on Sunday.TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (San Antonio), FSN New OrleansABOUT THE SPURS (29-8): Manu Ginobili (hamstring) has missed the last two games and Tiago Splitter (shoulder) sat out three straight but San Antonio has shown no signs of a drop off while winning the last two by an average of 20 points. The Spurs were a model of efficiency on both ends against the Timberwolves, shooting 56.8 percent while holding Minnesota to 35.5 percent from the field and running away in the second half. Patty Mills, Matt Bonner and Marco Belinelli will continue to pick up the slack if Ginobili can't go on Monday.ABOUT THE PELICANS (15-21): New Orleans was on the verge of crossing the .500 mark and making a push for the top eight in the West with Anderson and Holiday playing alongside a healthy Anthony Davis but are now 0-5 since Anderson's injury, and lost Holiday last week. The Pelicans are getting plenty from Davis, who has gone over 20 points in four straight games, and Eric Gordon - 21.2 points in the last five - but is searching for consistent production from the rest of the lineup. Rivers is seeing his playing time increase behind Brian Roberts, who is 6-for-21 from the field in two starts in place of Holiday. BUZZER BEATERS1. The Spurs have taken eight of the last nine in the series, with the lone loss coming in their final trip to New Orleans last season, 95-88 on Jan. 7, 2013.2. San Antonio F Kawhi Leonard is shooting 67.6 percent in the last four games.3. Davis struggled to 10 points and six rebounds in the 112-93 loss at San Antonio on Nov. 25.PREDICTION: Spurs 109, Pelicans 102
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