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2021 NBA Handicapping
(8-9) Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans (7-10)
Date: Saturday, January 30th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Rockets -103 | Pelicans -102
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -1
NBA Betting Total: 223.5
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On Saturday, January 30th, two teams in the Southwest Division tipoff as the New Orlean Pelicans and Houston Rockets meet for the first time in the 2020-21 season.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Rockets winning three of the four contests. The Rockets hold the all-time record between the squads with 39 victories in the team’s 67 meetings
With the James Harden trade behind them, the Rockets can finally focus on the business at hand. They are currently on a four-game win streak.
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Part of the reason behind the team’s success could be as simple as there are a number of the Rockets who have a chip on their shoulder and something to prove.
Each of John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Christian Wood, and Victor Oladipo have experienced the feeling of not being fully appreciated and that dynamic can make for a very gritty club.
Their most recent win came versus the Blazers with a first look at the trio of Wood, Wall, and Oladipo playing together in the starting lineup.
Wood led the way with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds while Oladipo (25) and Wall (20) each hit the 20 point mark.
Danuel House Jr. scored 11 points as the other double-figure contributor.
Dante Exum has a right calf strain that will cause him to miss the game with no definitive timetable for his return.
New Orleans Pelicans
Rumors are swirling the Pelicans are shopping Lonzo Ball, J.J. Redick, and possibly Eric Bledsoe in order to make room for youngsters like Nickeil Alexander-Walker to get more run.
Preseason the goal was to give Stan Van Gundy time to see what he had. improve defensively and compete to make the playoffs.
A quarter of the way into the season the team hasn’t taken the desired steps and therefore will focus on youth development over pushing to make the postseason.
Like all rumors, the players hear them too and the resulting effect can be a sudden surge in play.
Such was the case on Friday as the Pelicans took down the Bucks and four starters scored 20 or more points while Steven Adams didn’t reach the point total but grabbed 20 rebounds.
Brandon Ingram led the charge with 28 points while Ball (27), Bledsoe (25), Zion Williamson (21). and Josh Hart (15) all hit double-digit scoring.
Will Magnay remains out addressing the NBA health and safety protocols with no set date to return.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-1 in HOU last 9 vs. Western Conference.
- Under is 6-2-1 in HOU last 9 games as a favorite.
- Under is 7-3 in HOU last 10 Sat. games.
- Over is 10-1 in NO last 11 overall.
- Over is 7-1 in NO last 8 Sat. games.
- NO are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall
- Under is 34-16-1 in the last 51 meetings
Free Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
The Pelicans will be on a high having taken down the Bucks but played the night prior whereas the Rockets have the full days rest advantage.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets +1
While the Rockets aren’t considered title contenders the recent win gave credence to how easily one or two moves could quickly shift that narrative.
I like the Rockets to win this outright and also use the setting to evaluate players like Reddick who would be a great trade deadline addition for Houston.
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