San Antonio visits new orleans on Friday night as part of an NBA doubleheader. Right after the Cleveland Cavs and Atlanta Hawks wrap up their game, the Spurs vs. Pelicans live stream and TV matchup will tip-off on ESPN networks. Coming into the game, the Pelicans will help their duo of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis can make some progress towards getting this team to the postseason. The Spurs will look to capitalize on Golden State's loss to the Chicago Bulls last night by gaining ground in the Western Conference standings.

Pelicans need wins & Holiday's pledge

As of this report, the New Orleans Pelicans are at 24-37 overall and are sitting at the No. 13 spot in the Western Conference. There are four teams -- the Mavs, Timberwolves, Kings, and Trail Blazers, all at least a game ahead of them chasing the No. 8 spot currently held by the 28-33 Denver Nuggets. That means the team needs to figure out how to win behind their twin towers of Davis and Cousins.

To their credit, the team captured at 109-86 win over the Detroit Pistons in their last home game, but tonight will be an even bigger test to see what the Pelicans are capable of. An interesting aspect of tonight's game will be Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday and his recent pledge.

Holiday has said he'll donate $1,000 to New Orleans tornado relief for every point and assist he gets in tonight's game.

Spurs looking at No. 1 spot

In last night's action, the Golden State Warriors suffered a second-straight loss due to Kevin Durant's injury, which has helped San Antonio move closer to the No. 1 spot in the West.

As it stands, the Spurs are about three games behind the Warriors for the conference lead, so a big win will get them that much closer. Taking over the top spot could mean homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.

Helping out San Antonio's cause that much more will be the fact they have two more meetings against Golden State this month.

A week from Saturday, the Spurs will host the Warriors in a nationally-televised night game on ABC. The Spurs will get Golden State at home yet again at the end of the month in a Wednesday night ESPN game on March 29th.

Kawhi Leonard continues to lead the way for this newer Spurs squad after the retirement of longtime star Tim Duncan. The Gregg Popovich system has continued to work well behind newer stars Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, although the big man may have his hands full tonight against two of the other top stars in the front court.

How to watch & game odds

Friday's Spurs vs. Pelicans game is scheduled to tip-off just after 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time. ESPN will provide the live televised coverage nationally for TV viewers.

For live streaming, cable and satellite viewers should use the WatchESPN website or compatible mobile apps. In addition, SlingTV offers ESPN as part of its basic channel streaming package and has a free one-week trial for any new subscribers to test out the service.

As for the NBA odds for this game, San Antonio will be seven-point favorites on the road, with a moneyline price of -270. The underdog Pelicans are +230 on the moneyline. Tonight's over/under points total sits around 207 points for the complete game.