Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/28/13
New Orleans Pelicans (13-14) at Houston Rockets (20-11)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -9 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
The Pelicans head to Texas on Saturday to face off against the Rockets.
The Houston Rockets are playing very well this season, as the Rockets are sitting at 20-11 on the year currently. The Rockets have the second ranked offense in the league, averaging 106.3 points per game, and Houston is led by Harden offensively, who is scoring 24.2 points per game on average. The Rockets are currently locked in a battle with the always tough Spurs for first place in the Southwest, and currently the Rockets trail by just 3.5 games.
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The New Orleans Pelicans are coming off a nice win against the Nuggets in New Orleans on Friday night, and now the Pelicans head to Houston with a record of 13-14 on the year. The Pelicans are more of an offensive team this season, averaging 102.9 points per game, and with their defense allowing an average of 102.1 per game, we can expect a high scoring game here on Saturday in Houston. Ryan Anderson is leading the Pelicans offensively this season, averaging 20.2 per game.
The Pelicans are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against a team with a winning record. New Orleans is just 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games following an outright win of more than ten points. Also, New Orleans is just 8-18 against the spread in their last 26 road games.
The Houston Rockets are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games on Saturdays, and the Rockets are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games against the Southwest division. Houston is however, just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games after an outright win.
I'm taking the over here as well. With these two teams on the court you know you are going to see plenty of points, and I don't see either defense being able to keep pace. Look for a shootout here on Saturday night.