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(54-14) Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans (39-29)
Date: Saturday March 17
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -7
NBA Betting Total: 229
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Houston has been the hottest team for the last couple of months now, while in their current state they have won their last nine of 10 games while going 7-3 ATS.
Their last contest resulted in a heated victory over the Clippers winning 101-96. Shooting wasn’t their strong suit only converting 38% of their shots, but they were able to convert 19 out of 23 free throws.
As suspected, they have one of the most efficient offenses in the NBA that ranks second overall. The defense isn’t far behind ranking 7th in efficiency.
Houston is one of the best road teams going 27-8 and 23-12 ATS. On the road, their offense rank 3rd in PPG, 11th FG% and 11th 3PT%. Defensively they rank 3rd in PPG, 9th in 3PT%, 13th in 3PT% and 3rd in RPG.
In their last five games they are shooting 46% from the field which is right around their season average. The defense hasn’t been too shabby either only giving up 95.6 PPG in that span.
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans was on a nice 10-game win streak, but since then they have been slumping a tad losing three of their last four. They’ve also gone 0-4 ATS in that span.
They couldn’t quite grasp the lead in their previous outing that resulted in a 93-98 loss to San Antonio. Neither team played well, while the stats were pretty even, it was just one of those games where San Antonio did just a couple more things right and it paid off.
It may only seem like a one man show in New Orleans, but the offense has been efficient ranking 8th overall. Defensively they’ve been lacking a little owning a defense that ranks 17th in efficiency.
As far as offense goes, New Orleans has been one of the best teams at scoring points ranking 3rd in PPG, 2nd in FG% and 14th in 3PT%. They also knock down their free throws ranking 6th overall. On the defensive side its been a different story ranking 30th in PPG, 28th in FG%, 27th 3PT% and 24th in RPG.
In their last five games they are making 47% of their shots, which is a tad off of their season average of 48%. On the defensive side they could use a little help giving up 109.2 PPG in that span.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- HOU are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- NO are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 Sat. games.
- Underdog is 20-9-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction: Nothing can derail this Houston squad from getting the one s
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets -7
Nothing can derail this Houston squad from claiming the one seed. Even with news out that Durant will be out for a couple weeks, Houston should be going at full throttle now and leaving no room for error.
New Orleans has been slumping and not covering the spread. Houston is the best team on the road and are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games on the road. Back the road favorite.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston 109 – New Orleans 97
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