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Pelicans vs. Rockets - Game Recap

Pelicans vs. Rockets - Game Recap”

James Harden and the Houston Rockets square off against the New Orleans Pelicans. New Orleans clobbered Memphis 139-111 at home in their last contest Friday night. The Rockets are (30-18), after upending the Dallas Mavericks at home, 128-121.

Rockets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games. Holiday collected 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Pelicans are 3-6 against the rest of the division. It should help bury a silly narrative as the two were a large reason why New Orleans was in the game on the day.

Houston is one of the top offenses in the National Basketball Association led by Harden and Westbrook, and the Rockets are in the top three of the league with free throw rates and overall attack efficiency. Harden scored 35 points and tallied 16 rebounds.

After fighting for a drop in shots in January, James Harden erupted by 40 points and received an assist below a triple double while leading the Rockets to their second consecutive victory.

This game was close throughout and Houston cut the lead to 93-92 entering the fourth quarter after McLemore made two of three free throws after he was fouled on a 3-pointer.

The first half boiled down to the Pelicans' dominance on the glass and their lack of ball security. Harden sandwiched a pair of moving sets around two free throws in the fourth quarter to extend Houston's lead to 110-103 and keep the Pelicans at bay. Harden has averaged 34.0 points and 7.0 assists, while Westbrook has added 27.0 points, 8.5 assists, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals while shooting 52.6% from the field. The Rockets now rank third in offensive efficiency, while New Orleans ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency.

Pelicans are 15-3-1 ATS in their last 19 games.

Rookie experience Williamson had 21 factors and also 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, whose three-game winning touch was broken in a 117-109 loss to the Rockets on Sunday evening.

"Zion can't go four minutes without touching the basketball and that's on me", he claimed. "They felt like what they did was the right play and I don't fault them with anything they did".

INJURIES: Rockets: Gerald Green: out (left foot), Nene: out (adductor strain), Clint Capela: day to day (heel).

Still, New Orleans is not a padlock that covers the pelicans spread against the Rockets.

However, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was dissatisfied that his group really did not obtain the ball to Williamson for lengthy stretches in the 4th quarter. Having Capela out hurts Houston not just in offensive production, but protecting the rim.

The Pelicans are 6 in the league in scoring offense as they average 115.2 points per game on the season. Pelicans to cover the spread and the Over. Both teams should be amped for this primetime showing before the Superbowl.



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