Rockets vs. Pelicans preview: Star Wars night in Houston!
By Michael Knight
The Pelicans are in town tonight as the Rockets look to extend their winning streak to 10.
The force is currently with the Rockets (20-4), who are winners of their last 9 games. Last time out on Saturday night, they came back from down 14 to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers. Can they extend the winning streak to 10?
The Pelicans (14-13) are playing decently in their first full year with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis as the main stars. The two are both averaging over 25 points and 10 rebounds per game and combine to form the best frontcourt in the NBA.
Let’s look at the injury report:
James Harden has a bruised calf but is good to go tonight for the Rockets. As if there was any question. Zhou Qi has been upgraded from “out” to “doubtful,” but will likely not play tonight with a sore left calf.
For the Pelicans, Anthony Davis is questionable with a left adductor injury. He is testing it pregame and we will see if he’s good to go. Tony Allen is out for the Pelicans tonight with a sore left knee. Jameer Nelson is sitting out with a sore left ankle. Alexis Ajinca is still out after knee surgery.
Projected Starting 5s
Chris Paul/James Harden/Trevor Ariza/Ryan Anderson/Clint Capela
Jrue Holiday/Rajon Rondo/E’Twaun Moore/Anthony Davis/DeMarcus Cousins
Though James Harden is good to go, you have to wonder if Mike D’Antoni will limit his minutes at all tonight if the game isn’t close.
The Pelicans come into tonight after beating the 76ers just last night. The Rockets need to take advantage of a tired opponent.
Jrue Holiday has been great for the Pelicans recently. He has over 25 points in 3 out of his last 4 games, including a couple of 34-point outbursts. He is fitting fairly well with Rajon Rondo in the backcourt.
Clint Capela and Ryan Anderson have their work cut out for them with Davis and Cousins. They will have to at least contain them if the Rockets want to win tonight.
It’s Star Wars night for the Rockets and they are giving away James Harden Jedi bobbleheads. Tweet us your pictures of the bobbleheads @SpaceCity_Scoop if you’re going to the game and we’ll retweet it!
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