New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets - 4/16/14
Houston Rockets (54-27) at New Orleans Pelicans (33-48)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm (New Orleans Arena)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
The Houston Rockets look to sweep the New Orleans Pelicans when they meet for the fourth time on Wednesday.
The Rockets are locked into the fourth seed in the West and will likely sit many of their key players for this game. On the season, the Rockets average 107.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allow 103.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Dwight Howard has returned to the lineup and is shooting 73.7 percent from the field in his last two games, while Chandler Parsons is shooting 40 percent from three in his last five. The Houston Rockets are 40-39-2 ATS overall and 18-22 ATS on the road.
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The Pelicans have lost eight of their last nine games, but are coming off a chocking upset over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. On the season, the Pelicans average 99.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allow 102.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Tyreke Evens is shooting 47.4 percent from the field in his last five games and is coming off a 41-point performance. However, the Pelicans are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games when allowing 100 or more points. The New Orleans Pelicans are 36-39-6 ATS overall and 21-17-2 ATS at home.
The Rockets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Pelicans are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. win. The Rockets are 4-12-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans.
Although the Rockets won't play any key guys, I'm still not sure if the Pelicans have enough to beat Houston's backups. While you should probably avoid this game, go ahead and take Houston and the points if you must.