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Rockets at Pelicans - 12/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (15-15) at New Orleans Pelicans (9-20)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -1.5 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBATV, FSN

The Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans square off Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center.

The Houston Rockets look to keep rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.8 points and 6.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 13 points and 11.7 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Ty Lawson is dishing 4.2 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game. The Houston Rockets have lost four of their last six road games.

Rockets at Pelicans - 12/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 102.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 46. percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 23.2 points and 10.7 rebounds while Ryan Anderson is averaging 17.5 points and 6.4 rebounds. Eric Gordon is dishing 2.6 assists and Tyreke Evans is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 39.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last seven home games.

The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Pelicans are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Rockets are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in New Orleans and 7-15-1 ATS in the last 23 meetings overall. 

The Pelicans simply aren't a good basketball team. Time to just accept it this season. Meanwhile, the Rockets are starting to look like the team from last year. Yes, I'll take the free points. 

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Houston Rockets +1.5

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