The Houston Rockets will look to get back on track against a New Orleans Pelicans team without their star Zion Williamson on Saturday night.
Mike D’Antoni and the Houston Rockets come off a tough 117-111 loss to the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks that saw Russell Westbrook put up 24 points and 16 rebounds. While they did blow a 16-point lead in their opener, there were many positives to take away from how the new-look Rockets played on Thursday.
With an emphasis on pace, Westbrook led the charge as Houston finished with a 27-17 advantage in fast break points and a 21-10 edge in points off turnovers. In the end, though, it was Milwaukee’s 46-34 edge in points in the paint that did in the Rockets, as Brook Lopez took over down the stretch and scored at will against a small-ball Houston lineup
The New Orleans Pelicans come off their second loss to start the season, falling to Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks 123-116. Without Zion Williamson in the lineup for a few weeks and now an injury to their veteran Jrue Holiday, the Pelicans will have to rely on their new additions of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart to try and generate enough offense to keep up with the high-octane Rockets.
Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s matchup in Houston.
New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets – 8 p.m. ET
Toyota Center – Houston, TX
TV: FSNO, ATTSN-SW (Local)
Radio: ESPN 100.3FM, 790 KBME & 740 KTRH / 850 KEYH & 101.7 F
Online Streaming: fuboTV
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