The NBA is set up with another great night of action throughout Saturday. Eight games are up on the board throughout January 30. One of these games will be between the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans. These two teams have put up struggling starts to this season, but this should be a good matchup on Saturday. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Rockets have earned a record of 8-9 throughout this season, which has them sitting in tenth place of the Western Conference. Houston has won four games in a row coming into this one and will look to keep it going with another win on Saturday night. I expect the Rockets to come out quick in this one as they try to set the pace.
New Orleans has put up a record of 7-10 to this point in the season, which has them in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. The Pelicans are coming off back to back wins as they enter this one. New Orleans was able to earn an impressive win against the Milwaukee Bucks last night and will look to build on that in this one.
These two teams have struggled throughout the early part of this season. Both teams will look to bounce back with a victory in this one. The Rockets and the Pelicans will look to come out hot in this one. Houston will look to come out hot to keep up this winning streak, while New Orleans is looking to avoid a slow start after playing on Friday night.
The Rockets and the Pelicans met up four times throughout last season. Houston hosted the first game on October 26. Brandon Ingram dropped 35 points and 15 rebounds, while Josh Hart added 23 points. It was not enough though. James Harden finished with 29 points on the night, while Russell Westbrook scored 28 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. The Rockets finished with a 126-123 win at home.
The second game of the season series was in New Orleans on November 11. J.J. Redick scored 24 points and Josh Hart finished with 19 points. The Pelicans could not earn the win though once again. James Harden dropped 39 points and 9 assists. Russell Westbrook put up 26 points to help lead Houston to a 122-116 win on the night.
New Orleans also hosted the third game of the season series on December 29. Danuel House put up 22 points and Eric Gordon added 20 points on the night. The Rockets came up short this time though. Lonzo Ball had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Brandon Ingram had 27 points as well. Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore both scored 25 points to lead the Pelicans to a 127-112 win.
The final game of the season series shifted back to Houston on February 2. Brandon Ingram scored 28 points and 12 rebounds and Zion Williamson added 21 points and 10 rebounds. James Harden dropped 40 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Russell Westbrook and Ben McLemore both added 22 points as the Rockets bounce back with a 117-109 win in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
The Rockets have not been great shooting the ball throughout the early part of this season. Houston has made around 45.6 percent of their field goal shots, which is 18th in the NBA. The Rockets are also shooting 34.8 percent from deep, which is 24th in the league. Houston had made 75 percent of their free throw attempts, which is 21st in the NBA.
New Orleans has not been great shooting the ball either this season. The Pelicans are shooting 46.9 percent from the field, which is 11th in the league. New Orleans has only made 33.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 27th in the NBA. The Pelicans have sunk 71.3 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 28th in the league.
Neither team has been great shooting the ball. The Pelicans have been solid shooting the ball inside the arc, which they will try to set the pace with in this one. Houston’s defense has been strong early in this season. The Rockets have held opposing teams to a 44.8 percent field goal percentage, which is 6th in the NBA. If Houston can shut down New Orleans offense, it could give them a big edge in this one.
Christian Wood, Victor Oladipo and John Wall help lead this very different Rockets team this season. Wood is averaging 23.5 points and 11 rebounds per game. Oladipo has averaged 22.5 points per game, while Wall is averaging 18 points per game. Eric Gordon helps round out this lineup, averaging 17 points per game, mostly off the bench.
Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson have taken over as the leaders for this young Pelicans team this season. Ingram is averaging 24 points per game, while Williamson has averaged 24 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 13 points per game. Lonzo Ball has averaged 12 points per game and Nickeil Alexander-Walker is averaging 11 points per game.
These two teams have been led by their leaders throughout the early part of this season. Wood, Oladipo and Wall have stepped up for Houston after some drastic changes happened in the offseason and early this season. Ingram and Williamson have stepped up for New Orleans and will look to take over in this one. I expect both starting lineups to try and get the offense going early on Saturday night.
The Pelicans are coming into this one after a Win on Friday night. I think that New Orleans will come out quickly in this one as they try to build on that on Saturday night. Houston has won four games in a row, but I think that the Pelicans can end that streak with a win in this one. If New Orleans can move the ball early and set the pace inside the paint, I think they can earn the win.
BetOnline has Houston listed as a -1 against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Rockets in this one. I think that with this game being in New Orleans, the close to even spread makes sense. I think that the Pelicans have a good chance to end Houston’s winning streak in this one and as underdogs, I like the value on them.