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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/17/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




NEW ORLEANS (53 - 38) at HOUSTON (76 - 23)
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NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games53-38+8.852-3852-39111.557.748.3%52.1110.556.045.5%52.9
Road Games26-20+14.430-1622-24109.656.747.0%53.4109.255.644.6%55.2
Last 5 Games1-4-2.33-22-3106.456.444.6%54.2115.062.046.1%56.8
Division Games9-7+2.810-69-7110.057.748.8%52.5106.855.944.5%50.2
NEW ORLEANS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.557.743-8848.3%10-2836.3%16-2177.2%52927198146
vs opponents surrendering105.853.339-8645.9%10-2936.1%17-2276.5%511023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)109.656.742-8947.0%11-2937.2%15-2075.2%53925198146
Stats Against (All Games)110.556.042-9245.5%11-3135.3%16-2078.5%531124208144
vs opponents averaging106.253.440-8646.1%10-2936.2%17-2277.1%511023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.255.642-9344.6%10-3133.5%16-2077.1%551124208135

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games76-23+21.650-4740-57111.158.045.6%51.3103.751.546.3%50.8
Home Games41-10+1.522-2823-27113.259.145.9%52.7104.452.146.5%50.3
Last 5 Games2-3+0.82-30-591.251.239.2%48.4105.647.846.9%54.6
Division Games12-4+2.29-73-13106.156.644.9%51.498.149.644.4%51.5
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.158.038-8445.6%15-4235.8%19-2577.9%51921198135
vs opponents surrendering106.153.539-8645.9%10-2936.1%17-2276.8%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)113.259.139-8545.9%15-4335.4%20-2676.7%53922199135
Stats Against (All Games)103.751.539-8546.3%10-2935.6%15-2074.7%51922207144
vs opponents averaging106.453.440-8646.3%10-2836.2%17-2277.1%511023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)104.452.140-8546.5%10-2835.0%15-2174.0%50822217144
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ORLEANS 97.1,  HOUSTON 97.1
NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/17/2018@ HOUSTON              
10/23/2018LA CLIPPERS              
10/29/2018@ DENVER              
10/31/2018@ GOLDEN STATE              
11/1/2018@ PORTLAND              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/17/2018NEW ORLEANS              
10/20/2018@ LA LAKERS              
10/21/2018@ LA CLIPPERS              
10/26/2018LA CLIPPERS              
11/2/2018@ BROOKLYN              
NEW ORLEANS: LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Alvin Gentry (fourth season, 16th NBA season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Elfrid Payton (12.7 ppg, Orlando/Phoenix), G Jrue Holiday (19 ppg), F E'Twaun Moore (12.5 ppg), F Anthony Davis, (28.1 ppg), C Julius Randle (16.1 ppg, Lakers).
KEY LOSSES: C-F DeMarcus Cousins, G Rajon Rondo
KEY ADDITIONS: Randle, Payton
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Davis and Holiday played the best basketball of their careers last season and provide the Pelicans hope of returning to the playoffs. Davis has continued working on building his physique and strength with the expectation that he might have to play more at center now the Cousins is out of the picture. Davis also says his goal is to prove he is the most dominant player in the NBA. Holiday thrived last season when he was able to play more at shooting guard, allowing him to focus more on scoring and crunch-time defending than setting up the offense. The acquisition of Payton should allow Holiday to resume that role.
OUTLOOK: While it's hard to replace Cousins and Rondo, general manager Dell Demps is hoping Randle and Payton wind up being better fits because of their relative youth, defensive play and ability to thrive in an up-tempo offense. Gentry has said he wants the Pelicans to play even faster than their NBA-leading pace last season. It just might work. New Orleans' top three front court players 'Davis, Randle and Nikola Mirotic' all have shown they can be effective playing that way.
HOUSTON: LAST SEASON: 65-17, lost in Western Conference finals.
COACH: Mike D'Antoni (fourth season, 15th NBA season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G James Harden (30.4 ppg), G Chris Paul (18.6 ppg), F P.J. Tucker, (6.1 ppg), F James Ennis (7.1 ppg), C Clint Capela (13.9 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F Trevor Ariza, F Ryan Anderson, F Luc Mbah a Moute
KEY ADDITIONS: F Carmelo Anthony, Ennis, G Michael Carter-Williams
PLAYERS TO WATCH: A year after Anthony was not amenable to coming off the bench in Oklahoma City, the 10-time All-Star seems ready to accept a reserve role in Houston if it means helping the Rockets to a title. The addition of the talented Anthony, along with Ennis to pick up the slack on defense Houston lost in Ariza leaves the Rockets slightly better than they were a year ago when they lost to Golden State in the conference finals.
OUTLOOK: Harden, last year's MVP, and Paul should be even better in their second year together and Anthony adds a new dimension which greatly upgrades Houston's second unit. Ennis will have to pair with Tucker to provide a defensive presence and Capela must take another step this season after signing a $90 million contract this offseason if the Rockets hope to finally get past the Warriors and win their first title since back-to-back championships in 1994-95.
Rockets launch season of big expectations vs. Pelicans

HOUSTON -- Sometimes the waiting is the most difficult part.

Having taken the NBA by storm last season en route to a franchise-record 65 wins and Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, the Rockets spent the offseason lamenting what might have been while reworking the margins of their roster in preparation for another title pursuit.

The Rockets host the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center on Wednesday with their eyes on the prize once more. Standing between them and their third Larry O'Brien Trophy are the Golden State Warriors, as always. Houston revamped its rotation with additions noteworthy and complementary, knowing each piece could make an impact over the course of a long haul.

"Just the additions that we've added to our team, kind of piggybacking off of last year," Rockets guard and league MVP James Harden said on what stirs his excitement entering the season opener. "Just bringing this whole thing together. Training camp has been really, really good, preseason has been great. But this long grind of an 82-game season will be even better."

After losing defensive-minded forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute to free agency, the Rockets finally landed veteran forward Carmelo Anthony following a multiyear pursuit.

Anthony is the highest-profile addition, but not the only personnel change of note for Houston. The rotation will now feature James Ennis, Michael Carter-Williams, and Marquese Chriss, with Brandon Knight likely to join the fray once when he returns from offseason knee surgery. How these newcomers reshape the Rockets' established identity remains to be seen.

"You never know until you play the first game," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "There'll be some rough spots that we have to get better at but I think the guys physically are in a pretty good spot and we're ready to roll."

The Pelicans made offseason changes, too, namely guard Elfrid Payton, forward Julius Randle, and center Jahlil Okafor. But their personality was set midway through last season when DeMarcus Cousins was lost to injury, Nikola Mirotic arrived via trade one week later and the Pelicans led the league in pace over the final 31 games at 102.9 possessions per 48 minutes.

Nothing has changed in that regard. The Pelicans still aim to run, with All-NBA center/forward Anthony Davis and standout two-way guard Jrue Holiday running the show on both ends.

"We have more shooting, spread out the floor especially with Jrue, AD," Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore said. "Those guys are going to be penetrating and drawing a lot of attention and making shots, and making it a lot easier for everyone on the floor."

Change is a companion for most franchises during the offseason. Championship-caliber teams adjust quickly to the alterations and waste little time getting their seasons off to roaring starts.

"I think everybody is going to go through growing pains," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "Obviously, Houston still has their team together; Golden State still has their team together. Those teams are very good teams but I think everybody is going to have some adjustments they have to make and obviously playing in the West is not easy, but playing in the East is not easy either if you look at the teams there, too."

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