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Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Saturday when the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets meet at Toyota Center.

New Orleans won its last outing, a 105-89 result against the Nuggets on December 27. The Pelicans covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 194 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

The Rockets were a 100-92 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (192) made winners of UNDER bettors.

New Orleans:
Team record: 13-14 SU, 12-14-1 ATS
Current streak: won 2 straight games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 8 of last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston

When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Portland are 2-8
After playing Denver are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Houston:
Team record: 20-11 SU, 17-12-2 ATS
Current streak: won 2 straight games.

is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of last 5 games when playing New Orleans
is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New Orleans

When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Oklahoma City are 3-7
After playing Memphis are 9-1
After a win are 5-5

Next up:
New Orleans home to Portland, Monday, December 30
Houston at Oklahoma City, Sunday, December 29