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Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans in NBA odds tilt

New Orleans PelicansHouston Rockets
13-14December 28, 2013, 08:00 | Toyota Center20-11

Toyota Center features an NBA battle between the host Houston Rockets and the visiting New Orleans Pelicans in betting action on Saturday.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Rockets are 20-11 so far on the season, and 17-12-2 ATS vs. the number. The Pelicans, meanwhile, are 13-14 and 12-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Houston go 16-15 and the Pelicans go 16-11 on the totals.

View New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets Odds and Stats.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Rockets at No. 7 and the Pelicans at No. 15 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 100-96 result in favor of the Rockets.

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. New Orleans got 19 points from Tyreke Evans en route to a 105-89 victory over Denver on Friday at New Orleans Arena.

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. The Rockets got a 27-point performance from James Harden as Houston ran past Memphis 100-92 on Thursday at Toyota Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 2-ranked offense (106.26 PPG) against a Pelicans defense that ranks No. 23 at 102.15 PPG. The Rockets have averaged 47.69% from the field per game, more than the Pelicans have managed so far this season (44.96% on average).

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