If the Pelicans vs Rockets game is in your market, you can watch a live stream via FuboTV (both markets) or Hulu with Live TV (Pelicans market). If it’s out of your market, you can watch a live stream via Amazon Prime or NBA.com. More details can be found below.
The Houston Rockets look to pick up their first win of the new campaign as they host the gritty New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET. Here’s how to watch a live stream of the Pelicans vs Rockets on your computer, phone or streaming device, with the options being dependent on whether or not the game is in your market:
If the Game is in Your Market
The game will be televised locally on either Fox Sports New Orleans (Pelicans market) or ATT Sportsnet Southwest (Rockets market). If you don’t have cable, you can watch either of those channels live online via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Fans in New Orleans, Houston & Other Local Markets: FuboTV
For those who live in local markets, Fox Sports New Orleans and ATT Sportsnet Southwest are among the 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports.
You can start a free seven-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Pelicans vs Rockets on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch the game live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which will allow you to watch any game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
Fans in New Orleans: Hulu With Live TV
For those who live in local markets, Fox Sports New Orleans is part of the 60-plus live TV channels included with Hulu With Live TV, which also comes with Hulu’s huge on-demand streaming TV and movie library. ATT Sportsnet Southwest is not available on Hulu.
You can sign up for Hulu with Live TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Pelicans vs Rockets on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch the game live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
If The Game is Out of Your Market
Amazon Prime’s NBA League Pass Channel
This is ultimately the same as regular NBA League Pass (more info on that below), but this is the preferred option because you can watch games on Amazon’s digital platforms rather than NBA’s. The latter has had user experience and buffering issues in the past.
Whether you already have Amazon Prime or you start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch every out-of-market, non-nationally televised NBA game via Amazon Prime’s NBA League Pass channel. A free trial is available until October 29, meaning you can watch this game at no cost.
You can sign up for both Amazon Prime and the NBA League Pass channel right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Pelicans vs Rockets and all out-of-market games on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or other streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
Again, this is mostly the same as the Amazon Prime option above, with the big different being you’ll watch through NBA’s digital platforms rather than Amazon’s. There are also a few different pricing options when signing up for League Pass through NBA.com (one-team pass, all-team pass or all-team, commercial-free pass), but they also have a free trial through October 29.
You can sign up right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Pelicans vs Rockets and all out-of-market games on your computer via the NBA website, or you can watch on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or other compatible device via the NBA app.
Pelicans vs Rockets Preview
The Houston Rockets (0-1) look to rebound from their season-opening loss when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans (0-2) on Saturday night.
The Rockets fell to the Milwaukee Bucks 117-111 on Thursday, spoiling the reunion of old teammates, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
It was a tale of two halves for the Rockets, as they shot 11 of 21 from three-point distance in the first half to build a 16-point halftime lead.
As hot as they were in the opening half, they were as cool in the second, missing 22 of 27 from beyond the arc.
Harden, the NBA MVP in 2018, struggled mightily from the floor on Thursday, making only 2 of 13 shots, which included missing 7 of 8 from three-point range.
“If we make those shots, it’s a different ballgame. We didn’t,” said Harden. “I’m very confident. We just watched film, and we’re probably more confident than we were before the game just by watching that film.
“Our shot opportunities that we had offensively (boosted that confidence), and defensively how we were active, our energy, the spirit that we had. That’s going to carry us a long way.”
Although he was not sharp in the opener, Harden filled up the stat sheet, scoring 19 points with 14 assists and 7 rebounds.
Westbrook, who was acquired by the Rockets from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a major offseason splash, led the team with 24 points and added 16 rebounds and 7 assists in his Houston debut.
“I think that’s the way we’re going to play,” Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Against one of the best, if not the best, defensive team, I thought we took really good shots and missed them for whatever reason. But we can clean that up. That’s not going to happen too often. So I’m encouraged.”
Meanwhile, the Pelicans have lost their first two games of the season in competitive fashion.
New Orleans fell to the Dallas Mavericks at home on Friday 123-116 after having had a 14-point first-half lead.
The Pelicans held a 41-27 lead after the first quarter but were outscored 45-23 in the second.
“It’s all a learning process, and you can learn from everything, good or bad,” Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday said.
“Going back and seeing all the mistakes that are correctable is part of the biggest positive and not feeling like it’s a negative but feeling like it’s something we can look forward to.”
Playing without the No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson, the Pelicans have hung in their first two games.
New Orleans pushed the defending champion Toronto Raptors to overtime on the season’s opening night on Tuesday, before falling 130-122.
Brandon Ingram, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in the blockbuster Anthony Davis trade, has led the Pelicans early-on, scoring 47 points in their first two games.
The Rockets and Pelicans split their four regular-season matchups last year, with the road team winning each contest.
Rockets beat the Pelicans 113-90 in New Orleans on Mar. 24, 2019
Total Points Over/Under: 237.5