New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets

NBA Regular Season

 

NOP VS HOU MATCH PREVIEW:

Western Conference leaders Houston Rockets travel to New Orleans to take on the fellow conference rival New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA.

The home side are 6th in the conference, but only a game better than 9th placed Denver Nuggets, and further two better than Los Angeles Clippers who are 10th in the table.

So Pelicans are not secured by any means as far as NBA playoffs are concerned, and could find themselves out of playoff spots if they lose and teams below them register victories. That’s why the home team badly need a win against one of the best teams in NBA this season Houston Rockets.

Meanwhile, Rockets have lost only one game in their last 21 NBA games and that too came against Eastern Conference leaders and the surprise package of the season Toronto Raptors.

Though Rockets can still lose against any team if they have an odd off-day, imagining that may come against Pelicans still feels like an improbable looking prediction.

But if we look at the stats, then there is not much separating both these teams.

Pelicans are averaging 111.9 points this season, while Rockets are racking up points at 113.5 per game. So there’s not much between both the teams.

But the visitors will be taking with them James Harden who has been in such a hot-form that he seems to be destined for personal glory this season.

Mr. Beard is averaging 30.9 points and 8.7 assists this season, so stopping him could be a herculean task. But if Pelicans manage to keep him little-bit quite then the visitors also have Chris Paul and Clint Capela who are more than capable of hurting teams on their own.

 

MATCH DETAILS:

When: March 18th, 04:30 AM IST

Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans

Capacity- 17,791

 

Season Record-

New Orleans Pelicans  –  Win – 39, Loss – 29

Houston Rockets  – Win – 54, Loss – 14

 

 

NOP VS HOU TEAM NEWS:

New Orleans Pelicans:

New Orleans Pelicans will be missing the services of Alexis Ajinca (knee injury), DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles tendon injury), Solomon Hill (Muscle injury), and Frank Jackson (foot injury).

 

PROBABLE XI

E’Twaun Moore (Small Forward), Anthony Davis (Forward), Emeka Okafor (Center), Jrue Holiday (Point-Guard), Rajan Rondo (Point Guard)

 

Houston Rockets:

For visitors, power-forward Brandan Wright is still nursing his knee injury and will definitely sit out the match. There are no other injury concerns or suspension for Rockets.

 

PROBABLE XI

Trevor Ariza (Forward), P.J. Tucker (Forward), Clint Capela (Center), James Harden (Guard), Chris Paul (Point Guard-Shooting Guard)

 

Key Players:

New Orleans Pelicans – Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony

Houston Rockets – James Harden, Chris Paul, Clint Capela

 

INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:

New Orleans Pelicans have no other option but to go full throttle in this home game against Houston Rockets as some tough teams are waiting for them in their next few games.

But James Harden and Chris Paul are in such good form that it looks improbable that they both could be stopped in a single game.

we are backing Houston Rockets to win the match-

 

NOP VS HOU FANTASY TEAM:

 

NOTE: THIS NOP VS HOU MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.