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Rockets host Hornets in basketball action

New Orleans HornetsHouston Rockets
Jan 2, 8:00 PM | Toyota Center

New Orleans Hornets vs Houston Rockets Odds

7-24TEAM RECORD17-14

The Rockets will hit the floor running against the visiting New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

Houston battles the Hornets, currently with a 7-24 mark (15-16 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 18-13 for the Rockets and 16-15 for the Hornets. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
For bettors going with the Rockets in this one, they were listed earlier as 10-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 199 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 12 (Rockets) and the No. 28 (Hornets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 102-94 result in favor of the Rockets is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Hornets rank No. 24 in the league with 40.7 per game. That compares with Houston’s No. 8 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Houston is the NBA’s No. 2-ranked team at 9.9 per game, while the Hornets rate No. 14 with 7 per contest.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Hornets own the league's No. 18-rated mark, allowing 100.1 points per game when playing on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 1 in scoring on their home court.

New Orleans was a 95-86 loser in its last match at home against the Hawks. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 181 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. New Orleans got 23 points from Ryan Anderson but lost anyway 95-86 against the Hawks on Tuesday at New Orleans Arena.

In their last action, Houston was a 123-104 winner at home against the Hawks. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (227) was profitable news for OVER bettors. James Harden went off for 28 points and added 2 rebounds leading Houston over Atlanta, 123-104, on Monday at Toyota Center.

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Dallas are 2-8
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Hornets at Rockets trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 10 of New Orleans's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of New Orleans's last 17 games when playing Houston
New Orleans is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
New Orleans is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
Houston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
New Orleans at Dallas, Saturday, January 5
Houston at Milwaukee, Friday, January 4