Check out our free Rockets vs Pelicans pick and preview for this NBA game in New Orleans. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Rockets vs Pelicans NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans
- Where: New Orleans at Smoothie King Center
- Date: Wednesday, January 4th
- Betting Odds NO -7, HOU +237 | NO -296 O/U OFF
The Rockets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 10-27. So far, the team has gone 16-19-2 against the spread. Against the Pelicans, the Rockets are looking to break out of a 4 game losing streak. They have lost these games by an average of -16.0 points.
Houston will be gunning to get in the win column vs the Pelicans, as they previously lost to the Mavericks by a score of 111-106. However, because they entered as 7 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Houston let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, Kevin Porter Jr. led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 55.0%.
The Pelicans come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 23-14. So far, the team has gone 19-18-0 against the spread. Against the Rockets, the Pelicans are looking to break out of a 2 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -12.0 points per contest.
New Orleans is trying to bounce back from a 120-111 loss to the 76ers. Going into this game, the team was 5 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. New Orleans was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the 76ers by 9 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was CJ McCollum, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 56.2% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Rockets averaged 106.75 points per game vs the Pelicans. On the other side, New Orleans saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Rockets, as they averaged 117.0 points per game in these matchups. The Pelicans have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 11 points per game. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 3-2. Combined, they averaged 223 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Houston offense is ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring at 109.3 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. If Houston continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 18th in the league in possessions per game.
Currently, the Rockets defense is ranked 30th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 118.2 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, Jalen Green leads the Rockets in scoring at 21.4 points per game, placing him 37th in the NBA. Overall, Green has hit 41.4% of his shots while accounting for 19.8% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 17th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 19.5 points per game, Kevin Porter Jr. is the 2nd leading scorer for the Rockets. For the season, he is 132nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 43.8%.
Coming into today’s action, New Orleans is averaging 117.4 points per contest. This figure places them 3rd in the league. So far, New Orleans is averaging 101.2 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Even though the unit has one of the lower effective field goal percentages in the NBA at 54.4%. Their up-tempo style of play has given them enough opportunites to make up for their poor shooting numbers.
Currently, the Pelicans defense is ranked 13th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 110.28 points per game vs the unit.
Without Zion Williamson, New Orleans will need CJ McCollum to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Houston today. This season, Williamson leads the team in scoring with 26.0 points per game. McCollum is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 20.0 points per game, which places him 54.0th in the NBA. In his 33 games, he has hit 42.2% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game.
Rockets vs Pelicans Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pelicans -7
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF