New Orleans Pelicans (14-13) at Houston Rockets (20-4)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -12 -- Over/Under: 226.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets meet Monday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for another victory after splitting their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 109.4 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 26.3 points and 12.6 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 24.9 points and 10.7 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight road games.
The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling while building on their nine-game winning streak. The Houston Rockets are averaging 114.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 32.3 points and 9.2 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 18.6 points and 2.5 assists. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.2 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won four straight home games.
The Pelicans are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Rockets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston, 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the under is 34-16-1 in the last 51 meetings.
I know the Houston Rockets are playing some impressive basketball right now and the Pelicans are on the end of a back-to-back, but this seems a little steep. The Pelicans have been a double-digit underdog just once this season and are being outscored by less than two points on the road this season. New Orleans is a decent team, it's not like the Rockets are going up against the Nets or Bulls here. I'll take a shot with the points here, as this line is too large for my taste.