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Rockets face Pelicans: NBA odds preview

Houston RocketsNew Orleans Pelicans
25-14January 15, 2014, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena15-22

The Pelicans hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Wednesday as the Rockets pay a visit to New Orleans Arena in NBA betting action.

The Pelicans sit at 15-22 (15-20-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Rockets are currently 25-14 (20-16-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? New Orleans is 20-17 OU, and Houston is 18-20-1 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Rockets before tip-off in this one found them as -6-point favorites earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 205 at TopBet.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 19-rated Rockets taking on the No. 20-rated Pelicans in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 98-94 win for the Rockets on Wednesday.

Houston was a 104-92 winner in its last match on the road against the Celtics. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 196 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Rockets got a 32-point performance from Dwight Howard as Houston handed Boston a 104-92 defeat on Monday at TD Garden.

The Pelicans were a 101-95 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Spurs. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (196) made winners of UNDER bettors. Anthony Davis scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 101-95 against San Antonio in NBA action at New Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Orleans's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 101.38 PPG, against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 23 at 101.72 PPG. The Pelicans field goal percentage has averaged 45.58% so far, less than the Rockets shooters have achieved on the year, 47.26% per game.

Next up:
Houston home to Seattle, Thursday, January 16th
New Orleans home to Golden State, Saturday, January 18th