The new-look Pelicans get their first crack at the new-look Rockets in December.
This is one of those games in which New Orleans will get to measure just how good they are, against a division foe no less.
The Rockets are primed to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference this season, so facing them on the road will be a real challenge for NOLA.
Houston is a team that likes to run and can put a lot of points on the board. The Pelicans scorers, Holiday, Evans and Eric Gordon, are going to have to play well for New Orleans to keep up.
As for the Pelicans other top player, Anthony Davis, he's going to have his work cut out for him containing Dwight Howard. But a great way for Davis to get better is to compete with guys of Howard's caliber, even if they get the better of him on most occasions.
While the Pelicans are probably going to lose this game, it's one that will be beneficial for the franchise in the long-term. It will give New Orleans more experience against top competition and expose what areas of the game they need to improve in to be a contender for a division crown in the future.