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Pelicans Covering When Facing Rockets

The New Orleans Pelicans have pretty much fallen flat on their faces this season with a 9-20 SU record and an 11-18 ATS mark. The Pelicans have historically been good at covering against their opponents Saturday night though, as New Orleans has gone 15-7-1 ATS in their past 25 games against the Houston Rockets.

Shark Bites
  • The Rockets are 10-4 SU in their past 14 games against the Pelicans.
  • The UNDER is 5-2 in the Pelicans last seven games.
  • James Harden is averaging 33.4 points per game on no days rest this season.

Despite holding the second-worst record in the West, the Pelicans have been slowly coming around with a 6-3 SU record in their past nine home games. However, it continues to be the Anthony Davis show in the Big Easy. Davis had 20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in the first half of the Pelicans Christmas day loss to Miami, a feat that had not been done since the 2002-03 season.

A win Saturday night will move the Rockets to two games above .500 for the first time this season. Houston has been righting the ship as of late with the team going 11-5 SU in their past 16 games. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

New Orleans Pelicans opened as -1-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 212 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

A 103-100 result in favor of the Rockets is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Houston Rockets have seen them go 16-15 and 13-18 ATS so far this NBA season, while the New Orleans Pelicans are at 9-20 and 11-18 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Pelicans are 12-17, while the Houston Rockets are 13-18. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Orleans vs Houston injuries news.

The New Orleans Pelicans sit at No. 24 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Houston Rockets are at No. 10 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Houston Rockets rank No. 20 in the league with 43.52 per game. That compares with New Orleans's No. 25 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where New Orleans is the NBA's No. 12-ranked team at 8.76 per game, while the Houston Rockets rate No. 2 with 10.39 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rockets grabbed a 88-84 win over the Spurs on Friday, behind a 20-point effort from James Harden at Toyota Center.

The Pelicans wasted a 29-point performance from Anthony Davis as Miami ran past them 94-88 on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 7 games
  • New Orleans is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 6 games at home
  • New Orleans is 15-7-1 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Houston

Next Betting Matchups

Houston home to Atlanta, Tuesday, December 29th
New Orleans at Orlando, Monday, December 28th