The New Orleans Pelicans (26-21) travel to face off against the Houston Rockets (22-24) on Wednesday, January 31st. This game will be played at Toyota Center in Houston 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
The Pelicans will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Celtics with a final score of 118-112. While the Pelicans lost the game straight-up, they did manage to cover the spread as +8 point underdogs. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 230 points ended up below the over/under line of 234.5.
Heading into their matchup with the Rockets, the Pelicans are 26-21 overall and have lost three straight games. In the Western Conference, the Pelicans are in 8th place and are 2nd in the Southwest division.
New Orleans comes in with an overall ATS record of 26-21 so far this season. During this season, New Orleans has a 13-12 record against the spread as favorites and 13-9 as underdogs.
The Rockets Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Rockets took down the Lakers by a score of 135-119. The Rockets faced the Lakers as +1 underdogs, achieving both a straight-up and ATS win in the game. The over/under line entering this matchup was 235.5 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
In their last ten games, the Rockets have gone 4-6, bringing their overall record to 22-24. As of now, they are 11th in the Western Conference and 3rd in the Southwest Division.
Houston has an overall ATS record of 25-20 as they come into today’s game. As the favorite this season, Houston is 10-5 vs. the spread while going 15-15 as the underdog.
Pelicans Offense Breakdown
Today, the Pelicans enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 116.6 points per game (12th).
Heading into their matchup with the Rockets, the Pelicans have been one of the more efficient offenses in the league. They are currently 12th in scoring at 116.6 points per game. On the road, they have been even better, averaging 117.2 points per game.
Overall, New Orleans is shooting 48% from the field, which is 9th in the NBA. They have been particularly good inside the arc, making 54% of their two-point attempts.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Pelicans are 7th in the league at 38%. However, they are just 23rd in three-point attempts at 32 per game. In terms of pace, New Orleans is 19th in the NBA.
Rockets Offense Breakdown
This season, the Houston offense is ranked 21st in the NBA in scoring at 113.7 points per game.
At home, the Rockets are averaging 115.5 points per game, which is 18th in the NBA. Overall, they are 21st in scoring at 113.7 points per game. In terms of pace, Houston is 13th at 99.4 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Rockets are 24th in field goal percentage at 46%. From beyond the arc, they are 27th in three-point shooting at 35%. In terms of three-point attempts, Houston is 15th in the league.
So far this season, the Rockets have outscored the NBA scoring average in 41.3% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 23rd in the league with 25.2 per game.
Pelicans Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Pelicans’ defense has finished two straight games with an increased number of points allowed. Overall, they are 14th in the league at 113.1 points per game allowed. On two point field goal attempts, the Pelicans’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 56.0% and allowing 34.6% from beyond the arc.
Rockets Team Defense
For the season, Houston is sitting 10th in terms of points allowed per game (112.5). It is worth noting they have given up a fewer number of points in two straight games. Inside the arc, the Rockets defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 53.8% and 34.1% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Pelicans And Rockets
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Brandon Ingram as the primary point contributor for the Pelicans, finishing with 22 points while maintaining a 8/17 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 21.4 points per game along with 4.9 boards.
On the flip side, our predictions place Alperen Sengün as the leading scorer for the Rockets. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 19 while also collecting 9 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 54.3% and is averaging 21.9 points per contest.
Pelicans vs Rockets Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, New Orleans has an ATS record of 1-2 while averaging 116 per game. The team went 0-3 overall in these games.
- Across their ten previous home games, Houston has an ATS mark of 3-7. Their straight up record in these matchups was 3-7 while averaging 114 points per game.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Rockets have a straight up record of 1-2 and an ATS mark of 3-0.
- New Orleans has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 3-2 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five games.
Not only do we have the Pelicans winning this one by a score of 117-114, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Pelicans at -2.5.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 230.5, and our model projects the Pelicans and Rockets to reach a combined total of 231 points. Our bet is on taking the over.
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