3rd Quarter Report

Only one more quarter stands between the Pelicans and the win they were favored to collect coming into this evening. They are way out in front with a 101-79 lead over the Rockets.

The Pelicans entered the matchup having won three straight and they're just one quarter away from another. Will they make it four, or will the Rockets step up and spoil it? We'll know soon.

Who's Playing

Houston Rockets @ New Orleans Pelicans

Current Records: Houston 24-30, New Orleans 33-22

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Smoothie King Center -- New Orleans, Louisiana
  • TV: Bally Sports - New Orleans
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Ticket Cost: $5.00

What to Know

The Houston Rockets will take on the New Orleans Pelicans at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday at Smoothie King Center after having had a few days off. The Rockets are no doubt hoping to put an end to a six-game streak of away losses.

The point spread may have favored the Rockets last Wednesday, but the final result did not. They fell 121-113 to Memphis.

Even though they lost, the Rockets smashed the offensive glass and finished the game with 22 offensive rebounds. They easily outclassed their opponents in that department as the Grizzlies only pulled down eight offensive rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Pelicans had already won two in a row (a stretch where they outscored their opponents by an average of 9 points), and they went ahead and made it three last Wednesday. They came out on top against Washington by a score of 133-126. The high flying offensive effort was a huge turnaround for the Pelicans considering their 96-point performance the contest before.

Zion Williamson went supernova for the Pelicans, scoring 36 points along with eight assists and six rebounds. Williamson didn't help the Pelicans' cause all that much against the Grizzlies last Monday but the same can't be said for this match. The team also got some help courtesy of CJ McCollum, who scored 26 points along with six assists.

Houston has not been sharp recently as the team's lost five of their last six matchups, which put a noticeable dent in their 24-30 record this season. As for New Orleans, they are on a roll lately: they've won seven of their last eight games, which provided a nice bump to their 33-22 record this season.

This contest is one where the number of possessions is likely to be a big factor: The Rockets haven't given up the ball easily this season, having only averaged 12.4 turnovers per game. However, it's not like the Pelicans struggle in that department as they've been averaging only 12.6 turnovers per game. Given these competing strengths, it'll be interesting to see how their clash plays out.

The Rockets are hoping to beat the odds on Thursday, as the experts think they're headed for a loss. For those looking to play the spread, watch out: Houston is playing on the road, but their 9-16-1 record against the spread as such isn't exactly encouraging.


New Orleans is a solid 7-point favorite against Houston, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 7-point spread, and stayed right there.

The over/under is 229 points.

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Series History

New Orleans has won 7 out of their last 10 games against Houston.

  • Jan 31, 2024 - New Orleans 110 vs. Houston 99
  • Dec 23, 2023 - Houston 106 vs. New Orleans 104
  • Nov 10, 2023 - Houston 104 vs. New Orleans 101
  • Mar 19, 2023 - New Orleans 117 vs. Houston 107
  • Mar 17, 2023 - Houston 114 vs. New Orleans 112
  • Jan 04, 2023 - New Orleans 119 vs. Houston 108
  • Nov 12, 2022 - New Orleans 119 vs. Houston 106
  • Mar 13, 2022 - New Orleans 130 vs. Houston 105
  • Feb 08, 2022 - New Orleans 110 vs. Houston 97
  • Feb 06, 2022 - New Orleans 120 vs. Houston 107