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Rockets at Pelicans - 1/25/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (24-22) at New Orleans Pelicans (15-27)

NBA Basketball: Monday, January 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

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

TV: FSN

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

The Houston Rockets look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.6 points and 6.9 assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. Marcus Thornton is dishing 1.4 assists and Ty Lawson is dishing 4.1 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost six of their last 10 road games. Dwight Howard is questionable.

Rockets at Pelicans - 1/25/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans hope to keep rolling after winning five of their last six games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 102.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 104.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 23.3 points and 10.3 rebounds while Ryan Anderson is averaging 16.8 points and six rebounds. Tyreke Evans is dishing 6.8 assists and Alexis Ajinca is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won four straight home games. Dante Cunningham is questionable with an illness.

The Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans and 7-16-1 ATS in the last 24 meetings overall.

The Pelicans seem like they're starting to figure things out, but so are the Rockets, especially now that they added another scorer in Josh Smith. I can't leave the points on the table with the better team.

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Rockets +4.5

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