The Houston Rockets look to bounce back from a loss when visiting the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Houston is last in the Southwest Division at 17-50 and 28 ½ games behind the first-place Memphis Grizzlies. Houston was defeated by the Dallas Mavericks 113-110 on Friday. Kevin Porter Jr was the leading scorer for Houston with 17 points but the Rockets were outrebounded by Dallas 47-39.
Christian Wood is leading Houston in scoring and rebounding with averages of 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, while Kevin Porter Jr is the leader in assists with an average of 6.1 assists per game. Jalen Green is the second leading scorer with an average of 15.6 points per game and one of five players for Houston averaging double-figures in scoring. Houston is scoring an average of 108.9 points per game.
New Orleans is expected to have Zion Williamson in the lineup for the first time this season when hosting Houston on Saturday. The Pelicans are third in the Southwest Division at 27-40 and 18 ½ games behind the first-place Memphis Grizzlies. New Orleans was defeated by the Charlotte Hornets 142-120 on Friday for their fourth consecutive loss. Trey Murphy III was the leading scorer for New Orleans with 32 points.
CJ McCollum is leading New Orleans in scoring and assists with averages of 27.1 points and 6.7 assists per game, while Jonas Valanciunas is the leading rebounder with an average of 11.4 rebounds per game. Brandon Ingram is the second leading scorer with an average of 22.8 points per game. New Orleans has four players averaging double-figures in scoring and as a team is scoring an average of 107.9 points per game.