The widespread perception is that the Rockets are wrapping up their Victor Wembanyama recruitment campaign. But the Rockets will aim to make it three straight victories at the Toyota Center before Friday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Over the previous two games, the Rockets defeated both the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. Additionally, any victory Houston earned might have adverse postseason consequences for its rivals.
Which club will earn the final berth in the play-in tournament may depend on the outcome of the Rockets’ two-game miniseries versus the Pelicans. At the moment, New Orleans is ranked 12th in the western conference. Yet, a sweep or a split of the two games against the Rockets might make the Pelicans’ path to the 10th spot a difficult one.
The Rockets are 2-1 in their last three games, and Kevin Porter Jr. is one factor in their success thus late in the season. He averages 18.7 points on 50.0 percent field goal shooting, 7.7 assists, and 2.0 steals a game. As Houston’s main playmaker, Porter’s performance has been most characterized by his lack of turnovers. After Houston’s defeat by the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, Porter has committed 1.7 turnovers on average. The Rockets have also averaged a season-high 15.0 turnovers per game over the past three contests.
Not only would a victory over the Pelicans jeopardize New Orleans’ late-season playoff hopes. Yet the Rockets’ five-game losing slide would come to an end with a victory over the Pelicans. The final time Houston defeated its I-10 East rivals was on December 5, 2021, with a score of 118-108. With 23 points each, Eric Gordon and Christian Wood were the Rockets’ top scorers.
Due to a hamstring injury, Zion Williamson won’t be available for the Pelicans. Brandon Ingram, however, will be on the court for New Orleans. With a lifetime scoring average of 21.6 points in 18 games against the Rockets, the former All-Star has put together numerous outstanding performances. Ingram can score 40 points or more on any given night, and his mid-range shooting makes him difficult to guard.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets Game Information
- Date: 03/17/2023
- Time: 08:10 PM ET
- Location: Toyota Center.
- How to Watch Pelicans vs Rockets: NBC Sports Boston
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Pelicans vs Rockets Betting Lines
Rockets are +180 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $180. On the other side, Pelicans are –220 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $45.45.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Rockets at a 35.71% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Pelicans have 68.75% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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