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It'll be a battle of division foes when the Houston Rockets welcome the New Orleans Pelicans to Toyota Center. The Rockets come into the game with a 20-11 record and have found success this year. On the other end, the Pelicans look to be more than just average and enter the game with a 13-14 record. This game is scheduled to start at 8:00 pm EST and it will be covered by FSN-NO and CSN-HOU.

The Rockets look for another win today after topping the Grizzlies, 100-92. James Harden was the game's high scorer with 27 points in the game. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are coming off a win over the Nuggets, 105-89. Tyreke Evans claimed his fourth double-double so far this year as he was one of the key players. He did so by accumulating 19 points and 10 assists.

The physical Houston offense might be getting to the charity stripe a lot in this one. They rank first in the league at getting to the line (FTA rate of 39.4), while New Orleans is among the NBA's most foul-prone teams (giving up a 27th-ranked FTA rate of 31.2). The Pelicans should also expect to protect the ball well. They rank fourth at avoiding errors (TO% of 13.4%). Conversely, the Rockets force the fifth-fewest turnovers in the league (opponents' TO% of 15.5%).


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