Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans: Game Preview
By Kelly Iko
The Houston Rockets head to the Big Easy tonight, sick with another case of the back-to-backs. They beat the Pelicans by 30 last time and will look to repeat.
The Beard and the gang seem to be firing on all cylinders now. After dropping two close games to the Jazz and Spurs, the Houston Rockets have won 3 straight, averaging 123.7 points per game. Overall, the team has looked fantastic to say the least.
Tonight they take on the Pelicans in what could be an oddly difficult back to back series, first in New Orleans and the next night in Denver. It’s one of those games where the Rockets could slip up if they take their foot off the pedal.
The Boogie and Brow experiment stands at 4-7, and we’ve seen both the good and the bad of the pairing. With DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, the Pelicans certainly have two big men capable of dominating a game on any given night. But we’ve also seen what happens when one of them gets into foul trouble and they don’t get much help from their supporting cast.
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Houston was actually the first team that played the new look Pelicans team after the All-Star break. There was lots of hype for that game, but the Rockets won that contest handily, 129-99.
James Harden only took nine field goals in that one, as he let the Bench Bros, Eric Gordon and Lou Williams, handle things. They each went off against the new twin towers, combining for 46.
Per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Nene will most likely be rested tonight, as we’ve come to see on back-to-backs. Montrezl Harrell should get his minutes, and will need to be on his A game tonight. He’ll be fired up and ready for the challenge though, as his play and energy always shows.
Countdown to Boogie Town.
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Tip-off is at 7:00 PM CST and can be seen on Root Sports Southwest Network. Lastly, stay tuned to Space City Scoop for postgame analysis and other Houston Rockets news!