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Rockets & Pelicans Have a Habit of Going UNDER Totals

Winners of nine straight, the Houston Rockets have been straight-up unstoppable of late and begin their longest homestand of the season vs the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

Xbet opened the Rockets as 12-point home favorites with a total of 226.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Pelicans are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against their division on the road.
  • The Pelicans are 8-20 SU in their last 28 games vs divisional opponents.
  • The Rockets are 18-0 SU and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games as a favorite of 12.0 or more.

Houston has averaged a ridiculous 119.8 points in that span and won eight of those tilts by double digits. James Harden and Chris Paul are the perfect pair in the backcourt, as the superstars combined for 74 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals in their last appearance, a 124-117 victory over Portland on Saturday. Harden averaged 30.3 points, 13.8 assists and nine boards in four meetings with New Orleans last year.

While the majority of the NBA is going small, New Orleans continues to defy the trend and feature its two top players of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins heavily night in and night out. Rajon Rondo has done a great job dishing the rock lately, evidenced by the point guard notching a season-high 18 assists to go along with 13 points and five steals in a 131-124 comeback win over Philadelphia on Sunday.

These teams have a penchant for going below totals when they meet, as four of the last five matchups between the squads have gone UNDER.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Houston Rockets opened as 10-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 224.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Rockets to win this game 125-105. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the New Orleans Pelicans have seen them go 14-13 and 14-12-1 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Houston Rockets are at 20-4 and 14-10 ATS. In OVER/UNDER totals betting, the Rockets are 11-13, while the New Orleans Pelicans are 16-11. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs New Orleans injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Rockets and the No. 19-ranked Pelicans, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Houston's No. 2-ranked offense (113.9 PPG) against a New Orleans defense that ranks No. 27 at 108.9 PPG. The Rockets have averaged 46.31% from the field per game, less than the Pelicans have managed so far this NBA season (47.87% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Jrue Holiday went off for 34 points and added 4 rebounds leading New Orleans to a 131-124 win over Philadelphia on Sunday at Smoothie King Center.

Houston got 48 points from James Harden en route to a 124-117 victory over Portland on Saturday at Moda Center.

Betting Trends
  • New Orleans is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans' last 5 games
  • New Orleans is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Houston is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 7-14 ATS in its last 21 games at home
  • Houston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New Orleans home to Milwaukee, Wednesday, December 13
Houston home to Charlotte, Wednesday, December 13