At 8:00 ET, the 11th ranked Rockets (-135) will host the 8th ranked Pelicans (-135) in a Western Southwest division matchup. The Pelicans (-2.5) have lost three straight games and will be looking to get back on track against a Houston team that is 22-24 and in 3rd place in the Southwest.
This game will be played in Houston at the Toyota Center and can be seen on Spac.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS VS HOUSTON ROCKETS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -2.5
This game will be played at Toyota Center at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, January 31st.
WHY BET THE NEW ORLEANS PELICANS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 117-114 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 48.6% and knocking down 14 threes.
Will New Orleans Make it Happen on the Road?
In their last game, the Pelicans covered the spread as 8-point underdogs in a 118-112 loss to the Celtics. The O/U line for that game was 234.5 points.
This season, New Orleans is 26-21 overall and 8th in the Western Conference. In the Southwest Division, they are in 2nd place. As the favorite, the Pelicans are 15-10 this season and 13-12 ATS.
New Orleans has an average scoring differential of +4.5 points per game at home and +2.4 points per game on the road. Today’s O/U line of 230.5 is just below their season average of 230.2 points per game.
In the Western Conference, the Pelicans are 18-17 against other teams and 12-11 on the road. This season, they have gone 13-9 ATS on the road and 12-11 overall.
The Pelicans have lost three straight games and are favored by 2.5 points today. In their games as the favorite, the Pelicans have gone 13-12 ATS and have a scoring margin of +7.7 points per game.
On average, the Pelicans’ games have finished with 229.8 points, which is just below today’s O/U line of 230.5. Their O/U record for the season is 23-24.
The Pelicans are one of the most efficient teams in the NBA, ranking 9th in field goal percentage at 48% and 8th in true shooting percentage. They are also 8th in free throw attempts, averaging 24.8 per game.
When it comes to scoring, New Orleans is 12th in the league at 116.6 points per game. On the road, they are actually averaging more points at 117.2 compared to 116.1 at home.
So far this season, the Pelicans have outscored the NBA scoring average in 53.2% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 19th in the league at 98.4 possessions per game.
At this time, the Pelicans’ defense is positioned 14th in the NBA, permitting 113.1 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Pelicans defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 56.0% while allowing 34.6% from downtown.
Are Houston Ready for a Home Win?
Today, the Rockets will look to continue their strong ATS performance when they host the Pelicans. Houston is 25-20 ATS this season and has covered the spread in three straight games. At home, they are 17-8 ATS, while going 8-12 ATS on the road.
In their last game, the Rockets defeated the Lakers by a score of 135-119. They were 1-point underdogs going into the game and have a record of 10-21 as the underdog this season. The combined scoring output was 254 points, surpassing the O/U line of 235.5.
This season, the average O/U line in Rockets games is 223.1, with an average combined scoring total of 226.3. Today’s O/U line is set at 230.5, and Houston has gone 22-24 on O/U bets this season.
Overall, the Rockets are 22-24 and are currently in 11th place in the Western Conference. Against other Western Conference teams, they are 16-11 compared to 6-13 against the East. In the Southwest Division, they are in 3rd place.
At home this season, the Rockets are averaging 115.5 points per game, which is 18th in the NBA. Overall, they are 21st in the league with 113.7 points per game.
When it comes to pace, Houston is 13th in the NBA at 99.4 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, the Rockets are 24th in the league at 46%.
From beyond the arc, Houston is 20th in three-pointers made per game at 12. However, they are just 27th in three-point shooting percentage at 35%. At the free-throw line, the Rockets are 11th in made free throws per game.
Coming into the game, the Rockets defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 45.7% of their games. Currently, they are 10th in the NBA at 112.5 points per game allowed. Inside the arc, the Rockets defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 53.8% and 34.1% from three-point territory.