The New Orleans Pelicans are looking for some positive momentum — the team’s first win streak of the season. Standing in the way are the Houston Rockets, who will be going for their fourth victory in a row. Who will prevail?
Although the Pelicans will be without Lonzo Ball tonight, they were without Jrue Holiday in the previous matchup and Derrick Favors was wholly ineffective. James Harden finished with 29 points and Russell Westbrook, 28, but that contest that went down to the wire in Houston. Kenrich Williams and then JJ Redick each had a chance to tie the game inside the final 1:30 of regulation but both missed three-point attempts.
It is interesting to note that Houston has yet to register an impressive win. Here’s a list of the teams the Rockets have beaten so far: Pelicans, Thunder, Wizards, Grizzlies, Warriors and Bulls. None are world beaters by any stretch of the imagination. Have the Rockets been playing down to the competition or are they not as good as most assume currently?
Either way, expect Brandon Ingram to give the Pelicans a nice edge. Outside of the OKC game where he left early with a head injury, B’Easy — a nickname for Ingram I’m hoping to make a thing — has been unstoppable, finishing with 25 points or more in seven of eight contests. In case you’re wondering, he scored 22 points in that below average performance. Ha!
For more on the Rockets, please give Chris’ preview a read.
Where To Watch/Listen
What: New Orleans Pelicans (2-7) vs Houston Rockets (6-3)
Where: Smoothie King Center
When: Monday, November 11, 2019 7:00 PM CDT