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2021 NBA Handicapping
(7-18 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets (6-16)
Date: Sunday, December 5th, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pelicans -145 | Rockets +125 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -3 / Rockets +3
NBA Betting Total: 221
The New Orleans Pelicans will be on the road to take on the Houston Rockets on Sunday, December 5th. The tip-off is set for 7:00 ET from the Toyota Center.
Both of these teams had the day off on Saturday. The action will resume for them when they meet on Sunday.
In most spots that I have checked, the Pelicans are a 3 point favorite. I have seen the total go from 216.5 to 221.
New Orleans Pelicans
This is a Pelicans team that has really not played all that great this year. Truthfully, that should not come as a surprise to folks.
They have won three of their last five games. That is not a statement that you get used to when talking about this squad in 2021.
Going in the year, I really did not have all that high of expectations for New Orleans. They just do stack up with the best teams in the Western Conference.
Of course, the Zion Williamson injury was a crucial one for them, but you still have to play better than they have. A record of 7-18 is unacceptable.
New Orleans last played on Friday, where they beat the Mavericks 107-91. That was a very good win for this team. They should be able to build off of that.
In the win over Dallas, Brandon Ingram was the leading scorer with 24 points. He also added in 8 rebounds and 12 assists.
The Rockets have had a very bad season so far. They have done a whole lot of losing in 2021. This could be a very long season for them.
Houston has a record of 6-16, which puts them in 14th place in the Western Conference. They have the same record as the OKC Thunder.
This team does have some talent, but a lot of their players are young still. It is going to take a lot of time for them to develop.
The Rockets beat the Orlando Magic on Friday by a score of 118-116. Even though it was not against a great team, it was good to see this club get a victory.
A lot of different guys contributed to the offensive side of things in the win over Orlando. Eric Gordon was the leading scorer with 24 points. Christian Wood also had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Pelicans are 6-14 SU in their last 20 games.
- The Pelicans are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games played in December.
- The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The Rockets are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
This is a battle between two teams that have simply not played well this year. I am not sure how great of a game it is going to be, honestly.
Houston has been very playing well as of late and I would not be surprised if that continues. Although they are not a great team, they should be able to take care of the Pelicans.
In this one, I really do not have that have much confidence in New Orleans.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets ATS
I look for this game to be a pretty close one. I would have a hard time seeing it be a blowout by either side because I do not feel that one side is much better than the other.
In this situation, I like the Rockets getting points. I do not trust the Pelicans to cover here and I could even see the Rockets winning outright.
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