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Houston Rockets take on the Pelicans in a division showdown

By Montel Davis
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 17: Chris Paul
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 17: Chris Paul /

The Houston Rockets look to extend their winning streak to eight games against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Perhaps, this is the year for the Houston Rockets! After ending their 17-game win streak to the Toronto Raptors on March 9th, the Rockets are streaking yet again.

Following a 100-96 overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons, the Rockets (58-14) have now won seven games in a row, and are looking to extend their streak against the New Orleans Pelicans (43-30) in a Southwest division showdown, Saturday in the Toyota Center.

And of course, this game will feature the top two scorers in the league with James Harden (31.0 ppg) and Anthony Davis (28.2 ppg)

If the Rockets can extend their winning streak to eight, Houston would have set a franchise record for most wins in a single season at 59 victories. However, with the Pelicans fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive, one can imagine that Houston’s 59th win of the season will not come easy.

The last time these two teams faced off was a week ago in the Big Easy and it was a tough uphill battle for the Rockets despite leading most of the game.

Highlights from last game:

Led by this season’s MVP favorite, Harden scored 32 points and racked up 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Rockets to the win. The Rockets once led by more than 20 points against the Pelicans in the third but got too complacent with their lead.

Houston would allow the Pelicans to go on an 11-8 run in the fourth as they tried to pull an upset over the Rockets. Thankfully, Harden was not alone as Chris Paul put up 21 points, nine rebounds, and five assists to help Houston seal the deal. Davis would lead the Pelicans with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Heading into tonight’s game, the Rockets are leading the season series with a 2-1 lead over the Pelicans, with their only loss coming on January 26th, the same game where the Pelicans would lose their all-star center, DeMarcus Cousins.

Much like the last game, if the Rockets can hold Anthony Davis under 20 points, their likely hood of winning the game would be a cakewalk. However, like most teams around the league, stopping Davis has become an impossible task.

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