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Rockets vs Pelicans: Injury Updates, Team News, Match Preview & Predictions

Rockets vs Pelicans: Injury Updates, Team News, Match Preview & Predictions

Zion Williamson playing for New Orleans Pelicans

Match details

Fixture: Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans

Date & Time: Sunday, February 2, 2020, 2:00 PM ET (7:00 PM GMT)

Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

Rockets vs Pelicans: Preview

19-year old Zion Williamson will try to show his talent once again when New Orleans Pelicans travel to Houston.

Williamson will face the likes of James Harden and Russell Westbrook on Sunday. Both Westbrook and Harden have been in decent form. Harden, in fact, has been in a great scoring form.

In his previous game, Harden finished with an impressive 35 points and 16 rebounds. Houston won the game against Dallas Mavericks 128-121 as they made 21 3-pointers to the Mavericks’ 14.

The Pelicans will have to be very about their opponents’ threat from beyond the arc. They will look to go with their strength in their young players. The likes of Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday have been rejuvenated with the arrival of Zion Williamson.

In their previous game, Holiday registered 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists as they went k  to win the game against the Grizzlies. The Pelicans have won their last three games. With their improving performances, the Pelicans would believe they have an outside chance of making it to the playoffs. They are currently 12th in the Western Conference with four wins less than Grizzlies who are occupying the last playoff spot.

James Harden and Russell Westbrook playing for Houston Rockets
James Harden and Russell Westbrook (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Injury updates & team news

Houston Rockets-

Injuries: Clint Capela (Heel)- Out, Nene (Hip)- Out, Gerald Green (Foot)- Out

Expected starting lineup: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Danuel House, PJ Tucker

New Orleans Pelicans-

Injuries: Kenrich Williams (Back)- Out, Darius Miller (Achilles)- Out

Expected starting lineup: Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Derrick Favors

Rockets vs Pelicans: Predictions

Led by James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the Rockets have looked a strong outfit this season. Although the Pelicans seem to be improving since the Zion joined them, it wouldn’t be straightforward for them to beat the Rockets on Sunday.

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