New Orleans Pelicans (7-18) vs. Houston Rockets (6-16)
December 5, 2021 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Rockets 2.5; Over/Under: -216.5
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The New Orleans Pelicans travel to the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on Sunday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been in decent shape lately as they’ve won four of their last six games and they will be looking to stay hot after upsetting the Mavericks in a 107-91 road win on Friday. Brandon Ingram led the team with 24 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists, Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points with 11 rebounds while Herbert Jones and Devonte Graham each scored 13 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot 41 percent from the field and 12 of 30 from the 3-point line as they struggled to get going and scored just 14 points in the first quarter to fall behind by 10 points early, before dominating in the second half where they outscored the Mavericks by 63-43 to win easily in the end.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league as they will be eager to build on their season-high five-game win streak after sneaking past the Magic in a 118-116 home win on Friday. Eric Gordon led the team in scoring with 24 points on 10 of 14 shooting, Christian Wood added 20 points with 14 rebounds and four assists, Garrison Matthews scored 16 points while Jae’Sean Tate chipped in with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Rockets shot 47 percent from the field and 17 of 47 from the 3-point line as they
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games against a team below .400. The Rockets are 15-36 ATS in their last 51 home games, 8-24 ATS in their last 32 games as a home underdog and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall, the Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and the Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Houston.
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Josh Hart is currently listed as questionable for this one so the Pelicans will be shorthanded once again, but they’ve still opened as minor favorites in this one after beating the Mavericks in their last outing. The Rockets have reeled off five straight wins since their 15-game losing streak, so they’re suddenly one of the form teams of the league. It’s tough to pick between two of the most inconsistent teams in the league, but the Rockets have looked great over their past five games and they represent decent value as home underdogs in this spot.