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Rockets to open season at home vs. Pelicans

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The Houston Rockets will get their season started on Oct. 17 against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans, the NBA announced Wednesday.

Clutch City will start the day after the season takes off on Oct. 16, while also taking on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers along with the L.A. Clippers in the first week of their 2018-19 campaign.

The Rockets are also hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day and taking on the Philadelphia 76ers on the road for Martin Luther King Day, getting some prime viewership on the national stage due to their exploits in the playoffs last season.

Houston is hopeful to contend for the title once again this upcoming season after falling a game shy of dethroning the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. The Rockets missed out on retaining Trevor Ariza, but secured point guard Chris Paul and center Clint Capela on long-term deals, keeping the nucleus of this team intact.

The Rockets also have agreed to terms with free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony, which bodes to give them even more firepower than they had last season going into the playoffs.