Houston Rockets (19-15) vs New Orleans Pelicans (15-21)Date : 12/29/2018
Time : 7:00 PM ET
Location : Smoothie King Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans will welcome the Rockets to Smoothie King Center as they are on a six-game losing streak losing against the Mavericks in their last game while the Rockets are coming off a win against the Celtics. Game tips off at 7:00 PM ET.
Houston Rockets's Latest Performance :
The Rockets are on a three-game winning streak as they were able to take down the Celtics in their last game. Leading the way for the Rockets was James Harden scoring 45 points with two rebounds, six assists, one block, six turnovers and matching a career-high nine 3-pointers. It was his eighth straight game scoring 30 points or more. He erupted in the first quarter with 17 points. He is scoring 39.6 per night over his last 10 to help get him to a league-leading 32.7 points. He is putting this Rockets team on his back ever since Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury. Clint Capela dominated inside again during a win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring 24 points with 18 rebounds and one block in 38 minutes. He will get to go up against Davis in his next game. It is good to see that the Rockets are stepping up without having CP3 on the court. With Harden playing like this the Rockets are very much alive in the Western Conference.
New Orleans Pelicans's Latest Performance :
The Pelicans have now lost six games in a row losing back to back games to the Mavs. They have now the second worst record in the West and they are facing a tough task ahead of them playing against the Rockets. Anthony Davis continues to put up huge numbers for the team but somehow the Pelicans keep ending up on the losing side. It is clear that the Pelicans miss having Rondo on their team his presence and leadership really makes a difference on the Pelicans. Playing against the Rockets will be a challenge for them considering how well Harden is playing right now and the Pelicans don’t have anyone on the team who can guard him. The lost of Payton at the beginning of the season is hurting them big time because that is making their offense stagnate. The Pelicans aren’t in a good place right now and they are hoping they can turn things around sooner rather than later.
How Houston Rockets & New Orleans Pelicans Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Pelicans are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Rockets are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference.
Against The Spread Selection: Houston Rockets
My reason for the pick :
The Rockets should be able to pick up their 4th straight win against the Pelicans as James Harden should put up another huge scoring burst in this game. The Pelicans other than Davis got no options on offense and it is hard to pick up a win if they only rely on Davis to be their only scorer on the team. The Rockets should be able to win on the road handing the Pelicans their 7th straight loss.
Betting trends for Houston Rockets:
- Rockets are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Betting trends for New Orleans Pelicans:
- Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.