FeaturedNBA and WNBA

Rockets Host the Pelicans to open NBA Season

Houston Rockets Basketball

Rockets Add Pieced to Close Ground in Western Conference

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets will on Wednesday at Toyota Center. The Pelicans will look to start the year strong, but the Rockets hope the addition of a future Hall of Famer is what they need to keep up in the West.

Many experts believe the NBA team capable of putting an early end to the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty, is the Houston Rockets. The Rockets finished with the best record in the NBA during the 2017-18 season.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, FS New Orleans, AT&T Sportsnet Southwest (Houston)

Odds: Houston is an 8-point favorite. The total is currently at 232.

The Rockets also took the Warriors to seven games in the Western Conference finals. Houston added Carmelo Anthony to the All-Star duo of James Harden and Chris Paul over the offseason. They are hoping the former star thrives in a reduced role.

The Pelicans lost to the Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals last season. They are looking to take their own step forward behind star Anthony Davis. Davis is easily one of the top few players in the league.

Pelicans Have to Find Offensive Help for Davis

The Pelicans finished 48-34 last season. New Orleans’ annual challenge is finding enough support offensively and defensively for Davis. He shouldered a big load while averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.

The star also show 53.4 percent from the floor last season.

The Pelicans added some defense and rebounding punch. They signed power forward Julius Randle to a two-year, $18 million deal. New Orleans is also expecting to take a step forward with Nikola Mirotic.

He averaged 14.6 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 games with the team after being acquired from the Chicago Bulls last season.

Rockets Have to Contend

Houston was 65-17 last season. The Rockets also added small forward James Ennis, point guard Michael Carter-Williams and forward Marquese Chriss. The biggest move the team made in the offseason was signing center Clint Capela to a five-year, $90 million extension.

Capela averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks while shooting 65.2 percent from the floor last season. He served as the team’s defensive anchor. Ennis is expected to move into the starting small forward spot vacated by Trevor Ariza.

Ariza signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Phoenix Suns over the summer.

PREDICTION: Rockets 123, Pelicans 106

Gtbets Basketball Handicappers Hideaway

NBA Betting Odds & Trends

Next up:
New Orleans home to Sacramento Friday, October 19
Houston at Los Angeles Saturday, October 20

GTBets is home to 100% Cash Bonus, Free 1/2 Points in Football & Basketball, and Free Payouts!!!

Gtbets Basketball Handicappers Hideaway


Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Related Articles

Back to top button
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x