Of course, when considering their division rivals, James Harden should immediately jump to mind, and the reigning MVP has been on some kind of tear!
James Harden tonight:— NBA (@NBA) December 28, 2018
9 threes made (ties career-high)
He has now scored 35+ PTS in 6 straight games. pic.twitter.com/19SmV6t4gp
Although Chris Paul is out with injury again, the Rockets are 8-2 over their last ten games and have moved up to sixth in the Western Conference standings after sitting outside of the playoff bubble since the season began. But this is life in the West: there’s a good team awaiting around every corner and you’ve got to accumulate your fair share of wins against the competition to ensure playing past the regular season.
The biggest load will likely fall on the shoulders of Jrue Holiday. After trying to contain Luka Doncic less than 24 hours ago, Holiday will be tasked will slowing down Harden. Around him, however, we’ll see a couple of different faces at tip-off. Alvin Gentry is moving Holiday back to point guard, with Tim Frazier taking a seat on the bench, as both E’Twaun Moore and Solomon Hill will start on the wings alongside Julius Randle and Anthony Davis down low.
Where To Watch
What: New Orleans Pelicans (16-20) vs Houston Rockets (19-15)
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
When: Saturday, December 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m. Central
How: FSNO, NBATV, 99.5 FM WRNO