Scouting report: Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans
When/where: 7 p.m. Tuesday; Toyota Center.
TV/radio: ATTSW, TNT; 790 AM, 850 AM (Spanish), 101.7 FM (Spanish).
Rockets (29-20) update : In their last 12 games, the Rockets are 7-5, but they are 6-2 at home in the span. … Against Southwest Division opponents, they are 2-3, shooting 46 percent on field goals and 35.7 percent on 3-pointers. … They are 19-6 this season when shooting 45 percent or better and 15-3 when outshooting their opponent. … Guard James Harden has scored 40-plus points in 12 of the past 17 games. … In returning from injury Sunday, Chris Paul recorded his 12th game as a Rocket with at least 10 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals. … Guard Eric Gordon has 3.3 made 3s on 37 percent shooting in his last 12 games, after averaging 2.4 made on 29 percent through his first 26 games played. … In two games against New Orleans this season, Harden has averaged 29.5 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, three steals and 1.5 blocks, while Gordon has averaged 21 points on .571 shootings.
Pelicans (22-28) update : They have not won a season series against the Rockets since 2010-11. … Jahlil Okafor, starting in place of the injured Anthony Davis, is averaging 14.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks as a starter. … Jrue Holiday is one of three players in the NBA averaging at least 20.5 points and 8.0 assists per game. …J ulius Randle is shooting .544 (16th in the NBA) and averaging 9.3 rebounds (20th). … Pelicans assistant coach Chris Finch served on the Rockets’ staff from 2011-16. Prior to joining the Rockets’ bench, Finch served as the head coach of Houston’s G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, from 2009-11, leading the Vipers to a league championship in 2009 and earning Coach of the Year honors in 2010. Additionally, Finch was a member of the Denver Nuggets coaching staff during Rockets forward Kenneth Faried’s tenure with the franchise.
Statistically speaking : 433. The number of times Harden has scored 20 or more points in his 513 games with the Rockets. Put another way, Harden is guaranteed to reach the mark 84 percent of the time.