NBA Preview: HOU Rockets vs NO Pelicans

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The New Orleans Pelicans (23-14) are looking to snap their 3-game losing skid tomorrow, hosting the Houston Rockets (10-27).

Despite missing their leading scorer Zion Williamson and second-leading scorer Brandon Ingram, the New Orleans Pelicans have managed to be successful this season. They are 6-2 in games without Williamson and 14-8 without Ingram who already missed the last 18 games with a bruised toe. Surprisingly, the team had an impressive 4-1 record in games where both players were absent.

As the Pelicans host the Houston Rockets Wednesday night without both stars, they remain optimistic and confident that they will outshine expectations.

Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds

FanDuel Louisiana OddsHOU RocketsNO Pelicans
Point Spread+7 (-110)-7 (-110)
Money Line+245-300
DraftKings Louisiana OddsHOU RocketsNO Pelicans
Point Spread+7 (-110)-7 (-110)
Money Line+245-295

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Rockets Need a Boost

Houston has not had the best of luck this season as they currently have a record of 10-27. This lack of success is evident in the amount they are turning it over and committing fouls, averaging 17.1 turnovers and 20.7 fouls per game respectively. Although their passing game is ranked 30th with 801 dimes, their shooting from beyond the arc (33%) and free throw line (77%) is impressive.

On defense, Houston is generating 14.1 turnovers per contest and 21.9 personal fouls, but are allowing opposing teams to score 109 points per game which ranks them 29th in the NBA. Hopefully, the Rockets can turn themselves around before it’s too late.

The Rockets may need a boost, not just on, but also off the court. It has been years since they started rebuilding and still can not establish a promising future. If this season continues to be the like it is now, some serious changes will be expected.

Pels are Too Dangerous

New Orleans currently has a 23-14 record in the campaign. This is largely due to their offensive capabilities, shooting an impressive 48.1% from the field (9th in the league), averaging 117.4 points per game and 26.4 assists per game (also 9th in the NBA).

They are above average when it comes to forcing turnovers, with opponents committing 15.9 times per game, and also boast an excellent 78.5% of successful shots from the free throw line. Defensively, New Orleans ranked 15th in points allowed with 113.0 and 14th in allowing a field goal percentage of 46.8%. Their opponents’ three-point shot conversion rate stands at 33.7%. These factors all contribute to the Pelicans’ success this season.

However, the Pelicans will be missing, Zion Williamson, for at least the next three weeks due to a hamstring strain. The injury happened during Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers and was confirmed through an MRI. Williamson was limping after grabbing a rebound in the third quarter and never returned for the remainder of the game.

Losing Williamson temporarily reduces the overall production of the team but it does not alter their long-term goals of positioning themselves favorably for a potential playoff run later this season.