Pelicans rout Rockets in season opener

Pelicans rout Rockets in season opener

The 2018 National Basketball Association offseason was uncharted territory for Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony.

As such, there is a ton to watch for in the opener. The Rockets surrendered 142 in a double-overtime win over the Lakers.

Will Carmelo Anthony's impact on the offensive end override the losses of defensive-minded forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute?

Carmelo Anthony will be in a new role with the Rockets.

Chris Paul/James Harden/James Ennis/P.J. Even though he's mostly come off the bench in his two seasons with the Rockets, Mike D'Antoni has referred to Eric Gordon as the Rockets sixth starter. Expect this to be the starting 5 for the majority of the season.

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Reserve Anthony, who bristled in the past about the idea of having to come off the bench, finished with nine points in 27 minutes of playing time.

Going back to last season, the Pelicans have played with a lot of pace since DeMarcus Cousins injured his Achilles in January.

Clint Capela vs. Anthony Davis is always a fun matchup. He gets to play with the league MVP, one of his best friends in the game, and a coach who knows more than anyone how to assimilate his style of play into an offense. How will the Rockets' center continue to improve as he attempts to make the first All-Star Game of his career? Personnel changes have paved the way for him to have a team similar to the one that went 20-8 in the last 28 games of the 2017-2018 season. This time around, he's completely healthy and ready to roll. That much remains to be seen as the season gets underway. Payton isn't the best shooter, so the Pelicans will need great outside shooting all season from Moore, Mirotic, Randle, and Jrue Holiday. Pelicans' opponents averaged 14.5 turnovers per game compared to 14.5 for the Rockets. This team also lost Rajon Rondo, but Payton does play a little bit like Rondo in the sense that he is capable of filling up the stat sheet every night.

They took the National Basketball Association by storm last season and many consider them a legitimate threat to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.

The Pelicans led the league in pace in the preseason, and while I would be inclined to write that off as an aberration, they led the league in pace last season as well. "I know it's a big adjustment, but you know what?"

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