New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets - 1/26/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets - 1/26/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (34-12) at New Orleans Pelicans (26-21)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +4.5 -- Over/Under: 231.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The Houston Rockets look for another victory after winning seven of their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 114.1 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 106.3 points on 47 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31.2 points and nine assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 19.5 points and 2.6 assists. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 10.8 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have split their last eight road games.

The New Orleans Pelicans also look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 111 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.6 points on 46 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.5 points and 10.4 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.4 points and 12.9 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won four straight home games.

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The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The underdog is 19-9-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings and the under is 34-16-1 in the last 51 meetings.

As long as you like the Houston Rockets to win a game and you're not laying crazy chalk, you should eat the number. The Rockets don't change their style of play, and they're outscoring teams by 7.8 points overall, 6.2 points in their last five games and 7.6 points on the road this season. The Rockets are one of the more consistent teams in the league and win at comfortable margins whenever they win. The New Orleans Pelicans are playing really good ball as of late and have won four straight at home, but they don't have the outside shooting to keep up with Houston's explosive offense. Give me the reasonable number with the Rockets.

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Randy’s Pick Houston Rockets -4.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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