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Pelicans vs. Rockets - 1/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (22-9) at New Orleans Pelicans (16-16)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans 0 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN Houston, FSN

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

The Houston Rockets look to build some consistency after splitting their last eight games. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 101 points on 43 percent shooting and are allowing 97 points on 43.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.7 points and 6.9 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 18.1 points and 11.6 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is shooting 36.1 percent from the field and Patrick Beverley is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are back to playing their quality offense, as they’re shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from deep in their last five games. The Rockets are averaging more than 34 threes per game and have won 10 of their last 12 games when topping 100 points. The Rockets are an impressive 11-3 SU on the road.

Pelicans vs. Rockets - 1/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last 10 games and would love to get above .500 with a victory. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 101.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 101.9 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 24.3 points and 10.5 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.6 points and 5.5 assists. Jrue Holiday is dishing out 7.3 assists and Ryan Anderson is shooting 42.4 percent from the field. The New Orleans Pelicans have been one of the more frustrating teams in the league as they’re so inconsistent. The Pelicans also continue to struggle defensively, as they're allowing teams to shoot 47.2 percent from the field in their last five games. These next few games could either make or break this team.

The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest. The Pelicans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in New Orleans and 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

The Rockets are the clear better team here and have been money on the road all season. Not sure how anybody can turn down Houston in this spot against an inconsistent New Orleans squad. 

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