The New Orleans Pelicans (4-4) travel to face off against the Houston Rockets (4-3) on Friday, November 10th. This game will be played at Toyota Center in Toyota Center and televised on Spac. The Rockets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pelicans are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Lakers. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Pelicans vs Rockets
The Pelicans Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their latest game against the Timberwolves, Brandon Ingram was the top scorer for the Pelicans’ offense, scoring 24 points and shooting 11/25 from the field. Jordan Hawkins contributed 14 points, but New Orleans lost the game 122-101.
Over the Pelicans’ last five games, they are 2-3 and come in with an overall record of 4-4. The team is currently 8th in the Western Conference, and they are also 3rd in the Southwest division.
New Orleans has an overall ATS record of 4-4 as they come into today’s game. When playing on the road, the Pelicans hold an ATS record of 2-2 in contrast to a 2-2 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Rockets Are Coming Off A Win
The Rockets picked up a win over the Lakers in their latest game, finishing with a score of 128-94. Prior to the game, the Rockets were the underdog at +2, earning both a straight-up and ATS victory. Concerning the over/under, the total of 222 points remained below the established over/under line of 224.
In today’s game against the Pelicans, the Rockets aim to continue their success with a record above .500, currently at 4-3. In road games, the Rockets have a 0-2 record this season, in contrast to their 4-1 record when playing at home.
Houston arrives with an ATS record of 4-3 for the season up to this point. On the road, the Rockets have yet to cover the spread and are 4-1 at home vs. the spread.
Pelicans Offense Breakdown
This season, the New Orleans offense is ranked 26th in the NBA in scoring at 108.2 points per game. So far, the Pelicans are averaging 99.2 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, New Orleans is just 18th in shots made inside the arc.
Rockets Offense Breakdown
The Rockets come into today’s game as the 15th ranked scoring offense at 112.6 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Rockets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.1 per contest. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Houston is just 17th in shots made inside the arc.
Pelicans Team Defense
At present, the Pelicans’ defense is ranked 19th, allowing 115.2 points per game.
The Pelicans defense is coming off a game in which they held the Timberwolves offense to just 38.7% shooting. Overall, they gave up 122 points to Minnesota.
Rockets Team Defense
So far, the Rockets defense is giving up 106.7 points per contest, which has them sitting 4th in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in three straight matchups.
On two point field goal attempts, the Rockets’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 54.1% and allowing 32.6% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Pelicans And Rockets
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Zion Williamson as the primary point contributor for the Pelicans, finishing with 19 points while maintaining a 7/11 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 21.8 points per game, along with 7 rebounds.
As for Houston, Jalen Green is projected to be the primary scorer for the Rockets. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 15, and adding 3 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 46%, and he is contributing 19.6 points per game on average.
Pelicans vs Rockets Trends
- Across the Pelicans last ten road games, the team averaged 113 points per game while allowing 109. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 6-4, while going 6-4 straight-up.
- In their last ten games at home, the Rockets have a straight up record of 2-8 while going 4-6 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 111 points per game in these contests.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Pelicans have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 2-3.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Rockets have a strong straight up record of 5-0. In addition, their ATS record was 3-1-1 in these scenarios.
Pelicans vs Rockets Prediction
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +2.5, the Pelicans is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 219 and given that our model is projecting 216 points between the teams, we like the under.
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