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Looking for Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Rockets taking on the Pelicans on Thursday February 23, 2017 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(40-18) Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans (23-34)
Date: Thursday February 23
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Houston -3
NBA Betting Total: 227
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The New Orleans Pelicans were able to come away victorious in their last outing against the Memphis Grizzlies, with the final score 95-91, while out in Houston the Rockets weren’t as lucky coming away losers at the hands of the Miami Heat.
The Houston Rockets got dominated last outing by the Miami Heat, and defense played a huge part in the final outcome. The Rockets just didn’t do a good job playing smart defensive basketball, and because of that Miami was able to score at will.
The Heat finished the game with 117 points, while shooting 52.4% from the field. That atrocious defensive effort was a huge reason why Houston trailed all game.
However, the good news is they got next outing to fix it.
Going up against New Orleans the Rockets are going to need to be sound defensively. They cannot allow Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins to go off, or else this will be a long night for them.
If they hope to win, the Rockets need to focus on forcing those two guys into taking tough, contested jumpers. If they can do that they’ll have a chance, but if not, this is going to be another rough outing for them.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans were able to earn themselves a big win last outing, as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies 95-91.
New Orleans defense was on point almost all night, and because of that they were ultimately able to pull away ahead. However, the production from the Pelicans role players also played a huge part in the final outcome.
Solomon Hill went off for 23 points, while Alexis Ajinca pitched in 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The play of those two really helped them pull away ahead, because Anthony Davis had someone other then himself to rely on. But the good thing about that is he’s getting even more help with DeMarcus Cousins.
If Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins can dominate down low they can easily pull out the upset win. But it’s going to come down to them controlling the paint, if they can do that they’ll have themselves a chance.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pelicans are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games.
- Pelicans are 24-8 ATS in their last 32 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Rockets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Free Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
The Houston Rockets are favourites to win this game, but look for New Orleans to come out on top. The Rockets are just going to have way too much trouble containing Davis and Cousins down low, so because of that don’t be surprised when the Pelicans come away victors.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: +3
I’ll take New Orleans to come away with the win by three points or more. The Rockets are going to have trouble stopping them from scoring, so the Pelicans should earn the “W”.
NBA Free Score Prediction: New Orleans 115 – Houston 112
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