2019-20 NBA – New Orleans Pelicans @ Houston Rockets Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is New Orleans Pelicans @ Houston Rockets taking place? Sunday 2nd February, 2020 – 19:00 (UK)

Where is New Orleans Pelicans @ Houston Rockets taking place? Toyota Center

What channel is New Orleans Pelicans @ Houston Rockets on? ABC

Where can I stream New Orleans Pelicans @ Houston Rockets? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service

Where can I get tickets for New Orleans Pelicans @ Houston Rockets? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? New Orleans Pelicans 127 – 112 Houston Rockets

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

  • The Pelicans are getting hotter at the perfect time and the return of Zion Wiliiamson could only mean positive things for them. They remain in the race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference and enter this game on the heels of a three-game winning run after topping the Memphis Grizzlies, 139-111, on Friday night. They sit in 12th place in the Western Conference standings with a 20-29 record.
  • Forward Kenrich Williams should be listed as questionable here as he will be a game-time decision due to a back problem. Darius Miller has been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season with an Achilles injury.
  • Brandon Ingram has been New Orleans’ best player this season but we should keep an eye on Zion Williamson. The star rookie has played only five games this year but his results have been encouraging and he averages 19.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 62.5 percent from the field over that span.

HOUSTON ROCKETS

  • The Rockets have been extremely inconsistent of late and even though they are coming off a 128-121 win over the Dallas Mavericks, they haven’t recorded back-to-back positive results in their last five games and have posted a 3-2 mark over that stretch. They sit in fifth place in the Western Conference standings with a 30-18 mark.
  • Nene Hilario and Gerald Green remain sidelined with both long-term absentees, while Eric Capela continues to deal with a heel problem, and he should be listed as questionable.
  • Keep an eye on Russell Westbrook here. He has scored more than 25 points in each of his last 10 games and he is averaging 33.8 points, 8.6 assists, 8.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game during the stretch. He is also shooting at 53.1% from the field over that stretch which is somewhat surprising considering the fact he is a high volume shooter.

THE PREDICTION

The Rockets and the Pelicans have both won three of their last five games although the Pelicans are getting hotter and could have the edge when it comes to form since they have won three straight contests. The presence of Zion Williamson makes them a far more dangerous team but Houston are primed for a bounce-back effort following several inconsistent results and are also playing in front of their crowd here. The Rockets should be able to claim the win.

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