Rockets vs. Pelicans - 12/18/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (12-12) at Houston Rockets (19-5)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, CSN Houston
The New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets square off Thursday night at the Toyota Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last 10 games and look for just their second road win of the month. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 103.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting and are allowing 102.6 points on 47 percent shooting. Anthony Davis leads New Orleans with 24.6 points and 10.1 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 17 points and 5.8 assists. Jrue Holiday is averaging seven assists per game and Ryan Anderson is shooting 41.8 percent from the field. The New Orleans Pelicans have to improve defensively if they’re going to be a consistent team, as they’re allowing 50.2 percent shooting from the field and 41.6 percent shooting from downtown in their last five games. The Pelicans are a top-10 offensive team but it’s hard to win games with zero defense.
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The Houston Rockets have won seven of their last eight games and are playing a back-to-back after a win over Denver on Wednesday. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 99.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting and are allowing 95.3 points on 42.8 percent shooting. James Harden leads Houston with 26.3 points and 6.7 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is shooting 37 percent from the field and Patrick Beverley is grabbing five rebounds. The Houston Rockets may be as healthy as they’ve been all season, especially with Howard back, who has a combined 50 points and 29 rebounds in his last two games. It’s going to be interesting to see how Houston responds after playing an overtime game late Wednesday.
The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 41-18-3 ATS in their last 62 Thursday games. The Pelicans are 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Houston and 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
I can't back the Pelicans with the way they're playing defense against a Houston team that's capable of scoring at will. Give me the Rockets and the chalk.