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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets - 12/29/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Rockets (19-15) at New Orleans Pelicans (16-20)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +1.5 -- Over/Under: 229
TV Channel
NBAt, ATSW, FSNO
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NBA | Houston Rockets (19-15) at New Orleans Pelicans (16-20)
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The Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans meet Saturday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling after winning eight of their last nine games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 108.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 32.7 points and 8.3 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 17.3 points and 12.6 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Rivers is grabbing three rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost four of their last five road games.

The New Orleans Pelicans have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since the middle of November. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 116.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 115.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.1 points and 12.9 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 20.9 points and 8.7 assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 9.2 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.4 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six home games.

The Rockets are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings in New Orleans and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 7-1 in Pelicans last 8 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 road games.

We've been riding the Houston Rockets during this winning stretch in the underdog role, but a lot of that damage has been at home. On the road, the Rockets haven't had the same success, and it comes down to the three ball not falling, as they're shooting just 33.1 percent and making 13.9 attempts. The New Orleans Pelicans are a scoring machine despite their lack of positive results, especially at home where they're averaging 120 points. I'm going to take the free bucket with the Pelicans at home.

Pick:
New Orleans Pelicans +1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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