Friday’s schedule features another thrilling 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament matchup: the New Orleans Pelicans will host the Houston Rockets. Houston ranks 4-1 at home, whereas New Orleans plays 2-2 away from home, for a combined overall record of 4-3 for both teams.
The Houston Rockets, who defeated the Lakers 128-94 at home on Wednesday, are now aiming for their 4th consecutive victory. They have emerged as one of the league’s unexpected sides recently. Alperen Sengun scored 19 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists, while Jae’Sean Tate scored 14 points from the bench to lead the squad in scoring with 28 points from 11 of 15 shooting. The Rockets dominated the Lakers early on, building a double-digit advantage that only extended as the match went forward. As a unit, they shot 54% from the floor and 14 of 33 beyond the 3-point line.
The New Orleans Pelicans, who have dropped their last three games, will be looking for a better showing after suffering a 122-101 road defeat on Wednesday to the Timberwolves. Jordan Hawkins scored 14 points, Jerimiah Robinson-Earl contributed 11 points, 9 rebounds, and a single assist, and Brandon Ingram topped the team with 24 points and 6 assists. The Pelicans were outscored 44–20 in the second quarter and were unable to rally, shooting just 38% from the floor and 8 of twenty-eight from beyond the 3-point line as a collective. With Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum both sidelined for this game, the Pelicans were severely shorthanded.
The Pelicans have lost every single one of their 3 games by a margin of at least eighteen points, so losing their best perimeter menace is very concerning. Houston, on the other hand, has prevailed in a total of 4 consecutive matches, including two against Sacramento and a victory versus the Lakers, with three of those wins coming by a margin of at least eighteen points.
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New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets Game Information
- Date: 11/10/2023
- Time: 08:10 PM ET
- Location: Toyota Center.
- How to Watch Pelicans vs Rockets: TNT
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass