The Houston Rockets have struggled against some teams that they should beat easily this year, including their opponent tonight. Can they solve their woes against the New Orleans Pelicans and get a win?
The Houston Rockets need to win every game they possibly can as the season starts to wind down. That includes a matchup tonight against a team that’s been annoying this year in the New Orleans Pelicans.
The division rival has won two of the three games this year, including a 19-point blowout on opening night and a game where Anthony Davis was out and Jahlil Okafor stepped up and dropped 27 points and 12 rebounds. They have looked like a completely different team against the Rockets this season.
One player that always seems to have an impact against Houston is Julius Randle. No matter where he plays, Randle continuously goes off against the Rockets. While he didn’t play against them last time, he still has averaged 23 points a game in the matchups this year and gets a ton of offensive rebounds.
New Orleans comes into this one pretty banged up once again. Jrue Holiday, E’Twaun Moore and Trevon Bluiett are expected to miss tonight’s game with various injuries. Anthony Davis seems good to go, but he likely won’t play many minutes as to prevent injury for a big summer ahead.
Despite these injuries, the Rockets must know that the Pelicans have the ability to win if they don’t come ready to play. Watching any sort of film about the last time these teams matched up will give you all you need to know about that.
Clinch a playoff spot?
The Rockets need a win or a Kings loss to clinch a spot in this year’s postseason. While it’s expected that Houston will be a top-4 seed, it will still be nice when they officially clinch that spot.
Will it be tonight in a win over the Pelicans that they will make it happen? It would be pretty fitting after New Orleans was the team that made this season start off so poorly. Will the Rockets be chasing some justice as they look to clinch a spot in the playoffs? Let’s hope so!