Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Davis shines as Pelicans open season with Rockets rout

Davis shines as Pelicans open season with Rockets rout

The New Orleans Pelicans opened the 2018 season with a resounding 131-112 win at the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night at Toyota Center.

While not someone who makes excuses for a poor performance, the 10-time All-Star admitted afterwards that transitioning from a starting role throughout his career to coming off the bench with the Houston Rockets won't be easy.

numberFire's models project Anthony for 26.7 FanDuel points at the cost of $5,700. The Rockets surrendered 142 in a double-overtime win over the Lakers.

On the other hand, Eric Gordon, with 21 points, was the leading scorer of the Rockets. There were times when Demetrius Jackson, Bobby Brown or Briante Weber were running the Rockets offense, and as you'd expect, it didn't go well. The Rockets looked to address the lack of depth at that spot with veterans, albeit, very flawed veterans. First they signed former Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, who they had been linked to in the past. Inefficient shooting, a decreased ability to draw fouls and a constantly regressing effort on defense led to the worst season of his career a year ago.

Brandon Knight (Out - Knee): The Rockets have listed Knight as OUT for Wednesday's game (Oct. 17) against the Pelicans.

Two Mass. children contracted rare muscle-weakness syndrome this year, officials say
The agency doesn't know who may be at higher risk for developing this condition or the reasons they may be at higher risk. Boston Children's Hospital has evaluated all of the confirmed and suspected AFM cases that occurred in MA this year.


New Orleans dominated Houston in paint scoring, 76-44, and also shot 40 percent on 10 of 25 shooting from 3, compared with a rusty 33.3 percent (16 of 48) from the Rockets. He just doesn't defend.

Does Harden have another level?

The Pelicans' dominating win in front of a crowd of 18,000 at Toyota Center arena in Texas was one of 11 games in the first full night of the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season.

It looked like big brother vs. little brother for most of the night, except the two. Houston was the most prolific three-point shooting team in the National Basketball Association last season when they finished with a franchise record 65-17 win-loss record. Now as Harden gets ready for the last season of his 20s and his tenth in the National Basketball Association is there another part of his game he can improve? It might not be best later - we don't know - but having him is something that we didn't have past year.

The Pelicans have been anemic at best shooting the three ball during the preseason. Four free throw attempts in one quarter is high, even for Harden. Can he get back over league average on shots in the restricted area? We obviously have some things to work on.

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