Davis and the Pelicans face the Rockets
New Orleans; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Anthony Davis leads New Orleans into a matchup against Houston. He currently ranks 10th in the league scoring 26.2 points per game.
The Pelicans are 18-17 on their home court. New Orleans ranks fourth in the Western Conference with 15 fast break points per game, led by Davis averaging 2.8.
The Rockets are 9-6 against the rest of their division. Houston is last in the Western Conference scoring 42.3 points in the paint per game. In their last meeting on Jan. 29, the Pelicans won 121-116. Jahlil Okafor led New Orleans with 27 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Davis is averaging 26.2 points and 12.0 rebounds for the Pelicans. Julius Randle has averaged 24.7 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 44.9 percent over the last 10 games for New Orleans.
James Harden has averaged 36.5 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Rockets. Clint Capela has averaged 15.7 points and collected 12.5 rebounds while shooting 65.7 percent over the last 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rockets: 8-2, averaging 111.2 points, 42.3 rebounds, 21.1 assists, 9.4 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting.
Pelicans: 3-7, averaging 114.3 points, 48.1 rebounds, 27.6 assists, 8.2 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 122.7 points on 47.8 percent shooting.
Pelicans Injuries: E’Twaun Moore: out (quad), Jrue Holiday: out (abdominal strain).
Rockets Injuries: Isaiah Hartenstein: out (achilles).