New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets - 12/29/19 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans

Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 8:00 PM (Smoothie King Center)

HOU -4, O/U 228.5

The Houston Rockets head to New Orleans, LA on Sunday for a game against the Pelicans, but first must play the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.  In their last game the Rockets were defeated by the Golden State Warriors by the score of 116-104.  Russell Westbrook led the Rockets in scoring on the night as he recorded 30 points while shooting 11 of 32 from the field and 8 of 8 from the free throw line.  Westbrook also led Houston in rebounds on the night with a total of 12, with 4 coming offensively.  James Harden led the Rockets in assists on the night with 11 while playing a total of 38 minutes against Golden State. 

With the loss in their last game, the Houston Rockets are now 21-10 and are currently in 1st place in the Southwest Division.  James Harden is Houston’s leading scorer and is scoring 38.1 points per game and is always a threat to shoot. Harden is also the Rockets leader in assists per game with 7.5.  Center Clint Capela is the leading rebounder for the Rockets as he has averaged 14.4 rebounds per game, including an average of 4 per game while on offense.  The Rockets come into Saturday’s game with 3 players on their injury report as Thabo Sefolosha and Clint Capela are listed as day to day while Eric Gordon is listed as out.

The New Orleans Pelicans welcome the Houston Rockets to town on Sunday night, but first must play the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.  In their last game, the Pelicans defeated the Denver Nuggets by the score of 112-100.  Brandon Ingram led New Orleans in points, scoring 31 while going 11 of 18 from the fiend and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. Derrick Favors led the Pelicans in rebounds, recording 13 on the night, including 3 offensively.  Jrue Holiday led New Orleans in assists with 8 on the night while playing a total of 31 minutes in the game against the Nuggets. 

The Pelicans come into Saturday’s game with a record of 9-23 and are currently in 5th place in the Southwest Division.  On the year, the Pelicans are led in points per game by Brandon Ingram who has scored 25.3 points per game.  Ingram also leads the Pelicans in rebounds per game with 7.1.  Jrue Holiday leads the Pelicans in assists per game with 6.5.  New Orleans heads into Saturday’s game with a clean bill of health as they do not have anyone listed on their injury report. 

As of Saturday evening, the Houston Rockets have scored 119.7 points per game on the season while allowing 114.5 points per game.  The New Orleans Pelicans have scored an average of 111.6 points per game while allowing 117.2 points per game.  In their last 5 games, the Rockets are 4-1 with the loss against Golden State snapping a 4 game winning streak while the Pelicans are 3-2.  Houston has won both previous meetings this year between the two teams by the score of 122-116 and 126-123.  This should be a high scoring game as both teams focus on offense to win ball games.  I am going with the Rockets in this one as they are 3-0 in their last 3 meetings with the Pelicans and have outscored New Orleans by the average score of 120.33 to 109.67.  Houston wins 115-110 and covers the spread.

Travis’s Pick Houston Rockets -4

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