Pelicans at Rockets - 4/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (43-36) at Houston Rockets (53-26)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -4.5 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, ROOT
The New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets play Sunday night at the Toyota Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 99.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 98.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 24.2 points and 10.2 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.6 points and 6.5 assists. Jrue Holiday is dishing 7.1 assists and Ryan Anderson is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from deep in their last five games. The Pelicans can get that much closer to clinching the eighth seed with a victory. Five of the Pelicans last six losses have come on the road.
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The Houston Rockets need a win after splitting their last six games. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 103.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting and are allowing 100.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.5 points and 6.9 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 15.7 points and 10.6 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is dishing 2.6 assists and Josh Smith is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from deep in their last five games. The Rockets need a win to have a chance to get that second seed. The Rockets have won five of their last seven home games.
The Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 16-7 ATS in their last 23 home games. The Pelicans are 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Houston and 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall.
Both teams need this game, but the Rockets are at home and are overall the better team. Look for Houston to play with a sense of urgency and get the W and the cover.