The Pelicans (-281) are favored by 7 points over the Rockets (+225) in a Southwest Division matchup. New Orleans is 6th in the Western Conference with a 33-22 record, while Houston is 12th at 24-30.

This game will be played at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and will tip off at 8:00 ET. BSNO will have the TV coverage.


The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -7

This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 133-125 in favor of the Pelicans.
  • Our projections have Brandon Ingram finishing with Brandon Ingram points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.0% and knocking down 14 threes.

Will the Rockets Win in New Orleans?

As the Rockets look to snap a four-game losing streak as underdogs, they are getting 7 points against the Pelicans. Houston’s ATS record on the road is 9-16, and they are 5-21 straight up on the road.

In terms of their O/U record for the season, Houston is 25-29, and their games have averaged 226.1 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 228.

In their last game, the Rockets were favored by 2.5 points but lost to the Grizzlies by a score of 121-113. The O/U line for that game was 217.5.

Overall, Houston is 24-30 this season and currently sits in 12th place in the Western Conference. In games against other Western Conference teams, they are 16-14 compared to 8-16 against the East.

For the season, the Rockets have an ATS record of 28-25, and they have covered the spread in their last two road games. On average, they have an ATS scoring differential of -5.7 points per game on the road.

So far this season, the Rockets have struggled to find consistency offensively, as they are 22nd in the league in scoring at 113.3 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 111.3 points per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, Houston is 26th in the league in both three-point shooting percentage (35%) and three-pointers made per game (12). Overall, they are 25th in field goal percentage at 46%.

One area where the Rockets have been solid is getting to the free-throw line, as they are 9th in the league in free throw attempts per game at 23.6. In terms of pace, Houston is 13th in the NBA.

In the current season, the Rockets defense has excelled, sitting 10th in the NBA by allowing 112.7 points per game. Houston struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Grizzlies, giving up 22. For the game, Memphis scored 121 points in the game.

Can the Pelicans Grab a Win at Home?

As 7-point favorites, the Pelicans will look to extend their ATS win streak to three games. Overall, they are 15-16 ATS as the favorite and 20-11 straight-up. Their ATS record as the favorite is 15-16.

In their last game, the Pelicans defeated the Wizards by a score of 133-126. The O/U line for that game was 234.5 points. New Orleans was favored by 14.5 points in that game.

In the Western Conference, the Pelicans are currently in 6th place with a record of 33-22. Within the Southwest Division, they are in 1st place.

Against the Western Conference, the Pelicans are 23-18 compared to 10-4 in non-conference games. On the road, they are 17-12 compared to 16-10 at home.

This season, the Pelicans have an O/U record of 26-29, and their games have averaged 228.7 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 228.

New Orleans has won three straight games, and they are 30-25 ATS for the season. In their last three games, they have been favored by an average of 7.7 points.

Heading into tonight’s game, the Pelicans are 14th in the NBA in scoring, averaging 116.5 points per game. At home, they are scoring 117.6 points per game compared to 115.4 on the road.

When it comes to pace, New Orleans is 19th in the league at 98.1 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 9th in the NBA at 48%.

So far this season, the Pelicans have outscored the NBA scoring average in 52.7% of their games. They have also been efficient inside the arc, ranking 9th in two-point field goal percentage at 55%.

This season, the Pelicans defense has been impressive, holding the 8th position in the league while permitting an average of 112.2 points per contest. The New Orleans defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.5% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.5% of their field goal attempts vs. New Orleans.