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New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans

January 31

01:00

112 : 126

Houston Rockets

New Orleans Pelicans

Houston Rockets

Brandon Ingram had 28 points, Zion Williamson was one rebound shy of an efficient double-double alongside a career-high seven assists as the Milwaukee Bucks (11-7) had their two-game winning streak snapped rather emphatically away from home.

Lonzo Ball had a season-high 27 points to cap an excellent night, while backcourt partner Eric Bledsoe added 25 points to help sink his former team during their 131-126 win overnight.

They were up 27 midway through the third quarter, and that scoreline rather flatters the Bucks, who struggled from a distance and with the basics (12 turnovers, 19 fouls committed). Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 38 points and 11 rebs, in another frustrating outing for them.

New Orleans (7-10) were impressive, but can they importantly manage to sustain production and consistency levels in the second of a back-to-back, with Houston (8-9) up next? Read my basketball preview, for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets Preview

Lonzo was more aggressive, engaged and decisive from the perimeter - unlocking precisely the sort of potential everyone has long stressed this team is capable of producing. As hinted at already though, the question is whether they can sustain that over a long period of time.

Ball, the subject of trade speculation in recent days, has responded well. He impressed when guarding Bradley Beal and the Wizards before limping off with an ankle complaint on Thursday but continued in the same vein against considerably better Eastern Conference opposition.

"It's just about staying aggressive and staying true to the work I put in. I knew it was going to turn around sooner or later.

It's just a lot more fluid, a lot more guys in rhythm and we get better quality shots. So, we got to kind of use tonight as a blueprint. I try to stay away from all the noise, go out there and try to help my team win games."

Besides Ball's big display, Bledsoe delivered an impressive showing too. According to ESPN, Ball-Bledsoe became just the fifth starting backcourt in NBA history to hit at least seven threes in the same game, joining Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson's likes in the history books.

Ball movement was key to their success overnight, but patience and a willingness to find the right shot to take were also important.

Stan Van Gundy was displeased with how they fell apart defensively late on, giving Milwaukee some hope, but it's unrealistic to expect perfection for 48 minutes in a team packed with vulnerabilities.

How will Houston fare next, in the first of a four-game road stint?

After a dismal first quarter where they were down 32-17, the Houston Rockets rallied to beat Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers in the early hours on Friday.

Victor Oladipo struggled - like the rest of his teammates - with his three-point shooting, but led the Rockets with 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Despite shooting 27.7% from deep with 13 turnovers and messy statlines across the board, they recovered defiantly.

Up 53-50 at half-time, the advantage grew as time wore on and they got into their groove - something head coach Stephen Silas was pleased with. Post-game, he said:

"The guys have grit, they're determined.

The adversity part is something that we've been talking a lot about. I think earlier in the season, it would hit and we would succumb to that. But tonight... we put forth the right energy to overcome it."

Christian Wood (ankle) finished with his eighth double-double season (22 pts, 12 rebs) on his return, having missed three games through injury.

John Wall had 20 points, six assists and five rebs before revealing there's fresh energy after James Harden's trade to Brooklyn was made official earlier this month. Can they build on that narrow Blazers win up against another form of unpredictable Western Conference opposition, just like themselves?

New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets Betting Tips

Interestingly, ESPN's Basketball Power Index has given the Pelicans a slight edge (55.5%) for this clash, making sense given how they can play when everyone is firing on all cylinders.

Starting centre Steven Adams recorded just four points (2-of-5, 20 rebounds) and yet they still managed to score 131 - their highest tally of the season to date. Now, they entertain a bullish Rockets side building confidence and on a four-game winning streak too.

Wall-Oladipo is a better backcourt duo than Ball-Bledsoe, while Wood's return from injury could prove pivotal. I'm predicting a hard-fought Rockets win here, although the Pelicans are in high spirits and want to continue where they left off. That's easier said than done for a reason.

Who will win?

New Orleans Pelicans ()

0%

Houston Rockets (5)

100%

Last matches

New Orleans Pelicans

05-03-2021

93 - 103 Miami Heat

L
04-03-2021

124 - 128 Chicago Bulls

L
02-03-2021

129 - 124 Utah Jazz

W
28-02-2021

117 - 114 San Antonio Spurs

L
26-02-2021

129 - 125 Milwaukee Bucks

L
25-02-2021

128 - 118 Detroit Pistons

W
21-02-2021

120 - 115 Boston Celtics

W
20-02-2021

114 - 132 Phoenix Suns

L
18-02-2021

124 - 126 Portland Trail Blazers

L
17-02-2021

113 - 144 Memphis Grizzlies

W

Houston Rockets

L

114 - 132 Brooklyn Nets

04-03-2021
L

90 - 101 Cleveland Cavaliers

02-03-2021
L

84 - 133 Memphis Grizzlies

01-03-2021
L

122 - 111 Toronto Raptors

27-02-2021
L

112 - 96 Cleveland Cavaliers

25-02-2021
L

100 - 120 Chicago Bulls

23-02-2021
L

118 - 113 Philadelphia 76ers

18-02-2021
L

131 - 119 Washington Wizards

16-02-2021
L

121 - 99 New York Knicks

14-02-2021
L

94 - 101 Miami Heat

12-02-2021
New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets Head to Head (H2H)
10-02-2021

New Orleans Pelicans

130
101

Houston Rockets

31-01-2021

New Orleans Pelicans

112
126

Houston Rockets

New Orleans Pelicans
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Houston Rockets
Predicted Lineup

Eric Bledsoe

Zion Williamson

Lonzo Ball

Steven Adams

Brandon Ingram

Victor Oladipo

PJ Tucker

John Wall

Christian Wood

Eric Gordon

Latest results
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93-103 vs Miami Heat (H)

L

124-128 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L

129-124 vs Utah Jazz (H)

W

114-117 vs San Antonio Spurs (A)

L

125-129 vs Milwaukee Bucks (A)

L

128-118 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

W

120-115 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W

114-132 vs Phoenix Suns (H)

L

124-126 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

L

144-113 vs Memphis Grizzlies (A)

W
L

114-132 vs Brooklyn Nets (H)

L

90-101 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (H)

L

84-133 vs Memphis Grizzlies (H)

L

111-122 vs Toronto Raptors (A)

L

96-112 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

L

100-120 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L

113-118 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

L

119-131 vs Washington Wizards (A)

L

99-121 vs New York Knicks (A)

L

94-101 vs Miami Heat (H)

93-103 vs Miami Heat (H)

L

124-128 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L

129-124 vs Utah Jazz (H)

W

128-118 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

W

120-115 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W

114-132 vs Phoenix Suns (H)

L

124-126 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

L
L

114-132 vs Brooklyn Nets (H)

L

90-101 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (H)

L

84-133 vs Memphis Grizzlies (H)

L

100-120 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L

94-101 vs Miami Heat (H)

114-117 vs San Antonio Spurs (A)

L

125-129 vs Milwaukee Bucks (A)

L

144-113 vs Memphis Grizzlies (A)

W
L

111-122 vs Toronto Raptors (A)

L

96-112 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

L

113-118 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

L

119-131 vs Washington Wizards (A)

L

99-121 vs New York Knicks (A)

Mosope Ominiyi
30.01.2021

Freelance sports editor and writer. Featured on the Sunday Times, MailOnline and more.

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