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NBA Game Preview - Rockets underdogs vs Hornets at New Orleans

Houston RocketsNew Orleans Hornets
Feb 27, 7:00 PM | New Orleans Arena

Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Hornets Odds

29-31TEAM RECORD35-25

The Hornets will try to pay off for their supporters on Sunday when they play host to the Rockets at New Orleans Arena in NBA wagering action.

Supporters of the Rockets have seen them go 29-31 and 30-28-2 ATS so far this season, while the Hornets are at 35-25 and 29-29-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Hornets are 21-38-1, while the Rockets are 32-28.

View Houston vs New Orleans Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Rockets are listed as 6-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, with the total listed at 199.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Hornets, currently No. 12 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Rockets, who rate No. 13 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 102-100 victory for the Hornets.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New Orleans's No. 19-rated squad against Houston's No. 8-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New Orleans rates No. 21 in the league with 5.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 6 with 8.1 per outing.

Defensively, the Rockets feature the league's No. 27-rated defense on the road, allowing 107.9 points per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 in the league in scoring at home.

Houston won its last outing, a 123-108 result against the Nets on February 26. The Rockets covered in that game as an 8.5-point favorite, while the 231 combined points took the game OVER the total. Houston got 30 points from Kevin Martin en route to a 123-108 victory over New Jersey on Saturday at Toyota Center.

In their last action, New Orleans was a 95-81 winner on the road against the Timberwolves. They covered the 5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (176) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Trevor Ariza scored 18 points leading the Hornets to a 95-81 victory over Minnesota at Target Center on Friday.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Portland are 6-4
After playing New Jersey are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

A few Rockets at Hornets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston's last 11 games on the road
New Orleans is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Orleans's last 11 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at Portland, Tuesday, March 1
New Orleans at Toronto, Tuesday, March 1