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(34-12) Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans (26-21)
Date: Friday January 26
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 231.5
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The Houston Rockets have won four in a row entering this contest, including seven of their last eight. The only loss came against the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 16.
The New Orleans Pelicans have won their last three sin a row, including six of their last seven. Their only loss came against the Atlanta Hawks in a 94-93 showdown on Jan. 17.
The Houston Rockets enter this contest scoring 114.1 points per game. That number is good enough for second in the league, putting them behind only the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
In terms of offensive efficiency, the Rockets are scoring 112.3 points per 100 possessions. That number puts them at second in the NBA—once again placing them behind the Warriors.
Defensively, Houston is giving up an average of 106.3 points per night. That number is good enough for 18th in the league.
When looking at defensive efficiency, the Rockets are letting opponents post just 104.7 points per 100 possessions. That number jumps them up to 10th in the Association.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans enter this matchup scoring 111 points per game. That number puts them at fourth in the Association.
In terms of offensive efficiency, the Pellies are sixth in the NBA. They’re posting 108.1 points every 100 possessions.
On defense, New Orleans is allowing opponents to score an average of 110.6 points per night. That number puts them at 29th in the league.
When looking at defensive efficiency, the Pelicans are 21st in the NBA. They’re giving up 106.8 points per 100 possessions, which puts them smack in the middle of the 20th Los Angeles Clippers and the 22nd Dallas Mavericks.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-1-1 in HOU last 9 road games.
- Under is 7-2 in HOU last 9 vs. NBA Southwest.
- HOU are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Over is 11-3 in NO last 14 vs. Western Conference.
- Over is 59-29 in NO last 88 home games.
- Under is 34-16-1 in the last 51 meetings.
- Underdog is 19-9-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
The New Orleans Pelicans have been surprisingly good this season. Not only are the firmly in the playoff mix out West, but they’ve exceeded expectations to the point that it’s unlikely they break up the Twin Tower duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins at the trade deadline (Feb. 8).
The truth, though, is that the Houston Rockets are on another level. They’re not just firmly in the mix—they’re chasing the Warriors for the No. 1 seed.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: HOU -4.5
There are going to be a lot of points scored in this one by both teams, but the Pelicans have struggled enough on defense that the Rockets are going to have a field day.
Give this one to Houston both straight up and against the spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston Rockets 120 – New Orleans Pelicans 113
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