New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets - 3/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (47-23) at New Orleans Pelicans (37-33)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets travel to the Smoothie King Center to battle the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
The Houston Rockets have won four of their last five and are coming off a 110-100 win over the Pacers. Josh Smith had a nice game of 18 points while Donatas Motiejunas added 17 points, but this game was all about James Harden who dominated with 44 points including 21 of 22 from the free throw line, making him the first player in NBA history to have three consecutive games with 20 or more made free throws. There really isn't much more to say except that Harden was red-hot right from the tipoff so the Rockets just went to him early and often and he delivered time and time again. With the win, Houston improved to 47-23 on the season which puts them just 2 1/2 games behind Memphis who currently sit in second place in the Western Conference.
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Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have lost four of their last five and are looking to avoid a fourth straight loss after falling to the Clippers in a 107-100 loss on Sunday. Anthony Davis returned to the court and had a monster game of 26 points on 11 of 13 shooting while Eric Gordon made five threes en route to 23 points off the bench, but late in the game it was the Clippers who had all the answers. In the end, the Pelicans just couldn't execute down the stretch and it cost them a loss, dropping them to 37-33 on the season which leaves them three games behind Oklahoma City who currently occupy the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a win, while the Pelicans are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games against a team above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Rockets are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in New Orleans and 5-15-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall.
Harden was simply sensational in his last game but he's going to have to keep it going against a Pelicans team that the Rockets have already lost to twice this season. It's definitely tempting to go with the Rockets, but I think the smarter play is with the Pelicans in this one.