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Betting Line Favors the Houston Rockets in NBA Battle with New Orleans Pelicans

The Houston Rockets hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Friday as the New Orleans Pelicans pay a visit to Toyota Center in NBA betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Houston Rockets installed as -10-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 221.5.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 122-96 result in favor of the Rockets. 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

The Houston Rockets bring a 19-7 record (18-8 ATS) to the battle against the 9-18 New Orleans Pelicans, who are 12-14-1 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Houston Rockets go 13-12 so far and the New Orleans Pelicans go 14-11. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs New Orleans injuries news.

The Houston Rockets sit at No. 2 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the New Orleans Pelicans are at No. 22 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Houston's No. 2-ranked offense averaging 112.81 PPG, against a New Orleans Pelicans defense that ranks No. 23 at 106.59 PPG. The Houston Rockets field goal percentage has averaged 47.12% so far, more than the New Orleans Pelicans shooters have achieved on the year, 43.89% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Pelicans got 23 points from Jrue Holiday as New Orleans ran past Phoenix 120-119 on Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

James Harden went off for 36 points and added 8 rebounds leading Houston to a 122-118 win over Brooklyn on Monday at Toyota Center.

Betting Trends
  • New Orleans is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of New Orleans's last 18 games on the road
  • Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston's last 12 games
  • Houston is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New Orleans at San Antonio, Sunday, December 18th
Houston at Minnesota, Saturday, December 17th