Pelicans Host Rockets as Both Teams Surging

New Orleans Pelicans Basketball

Pelicans and Rockets Streaking at the Same Time

The New Orleans Pelicans battle the Houston Rockets at Smoothie King Center on Friday night. Tip-off is set for 8 pm EST. ESPN will have the coverage.

Oddsmakers opened the Rockets as -4.5-point favorites versus the Pelicans, while the game’s total opened at 231.5. The line has held steady, but the total has dropped to 228.5.

The super-charged Pelicans have won six of their last seven games. They are showcasing a newfound ability to efficiently make plays in the clutch. The Rockets have won seven of their last eight and four straight. One of those victories was a 116-108 win over the Golden State Warriors last Saturday.

The Rockets have won nine of the last 11 meetings with the Pelicans.  Expect this one to be a bit tougher.  Houston outshot New Orleans 130-123 at home on Dec. 11. The teams combined for 154 points at the break. That can be misleading as the Pelicans played without Anthony Davis. The All-Star starter has shown the ability to go for 40 when needed.

The Pelicans made 14 3-pointers in the first half of the first meeting. They finished with a franchise-record 18.

New Orleans led 101-88 late in the third quarter. Then James Harden went to work. He scored 10 of his 26 points in the final three minutes to provide the game-winning margin. Harden had 17 assists and six steals to lead the comeback.

Pelicans are Learning to Win

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 101-96 winner as they battled the Charlotte Hornets on the road. The Pelicans covered in the match as a +2.5-point underdog, while 197 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Pelicans have found a way to win close games. Three of their recent victories came in overtime. Their 101-96 road win over the Charlotte Hornets was a blowout.

New Orleans leads the NBA in “clutch” minutes. Those are minutes which are tallied when a game is within five points in the final five minutes. Of the Pelicans’ 136 clutch minutes this season, 55 have come in the last nine games since Jan. 10.

Harden is Leading Rockets Surge

Houston was a 104-97 winner in its last matchup on the road against the Dallas Mavericks. They covered the -6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 201 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Rockets forward Ryan Anderson, who is a former Pelican, is averaging 12.5 points a game. He is shooting 39.9 percent on 3-pointers away from home. Center Clint Capela has scored in double digits in 11 consecutive games.

Chris Paul has joined LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. They are the only NBA players averaging 18 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Nene expected to be able to come back from a bruised right knee suffered Monday night. That can only help the Rockets


Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
New Orleans26-2124-22-1111.00110.600.400000000000019-12-115-1028-1916-612-13
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Team Records

Houston Rockets

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 107-34-13-26-43-23-2110.10105.504.60
vs Div6-24-12-15-33-22-1107.50100.007.50
vs EAST14-57-27-37-11-11-7-16-4111.32104.327.00
vs WEST20-711-49-316-119-67-5116.11107.818.30

New Orleans Pelicans

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 107-34-03-34-61-33-3110.70109.601.10
vs Div3-42-11-33-41-22-2107.57107.71-0.14
vs EAST14-67-37-311-8-13-6-18-2112.75109.253.50
vs WEST12-156-66-913-146-67-8109.70111.59-1.89


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense114.132110.6029
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense111.182112.9530
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed44.181242.2717
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense111.004106.3718
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense114.272103.596
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed41.952441.733

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
New Orleans2-84-65-5108.8058.8046.8645.20142/3938.70

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Dec 11, 2017NOH123HOU130-13.5NOH227.5ONOHNOHNOH767857.654.5413618/3317/45612
Mar 24, 2017NOH107HOU117-8HOU231UHOUHOUPush504945.147.3365914/3814/3995
Mar 17, 2017HOU112NOH1286.5NOH228ONOHNOHHOU506841.653.3465313/4012/3469
Feb 23, 2017HOU129NOH993.5HOU230.5UHOUHOUHOU665049.541.9484520/516/311210
Dec 16, 2016NOH100HOU122-11.5HOU224UHOUHOUHOU507240.844.747579/2724/6147
Mar 2, 2016NOH95HOU100-6NOH222UHOUHOUNOH52534044.4435114/363/341015
Jan 25, 2016HOU112NOH111-4HOU216.5OHOUNOHHOU586047.546.2385019/3913/2978
Dec 26, 2015HOU108NOH1101.5NOH209ONOHNOHHOU626345.250.7354015/3313/2485
Dec 2, 2015NOH101HOU108-3.5HOU214.5UHOUNOHHOU504840.941.456427/258/2759
Apr 12, 2015NOH114HOU121-5HOU198.5OHOUHOUNOH555248.453.4394011/279/2466

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Houston Rockets

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Jan 24, 2018DAL104-97W-6.5216.5W/U43.9047.8321A
Jan 22, 2018MIA99-90W-10.5213L/U44.4466.6715H
Jan 20, 2018GS116-108W2.5237.5W/U47.1368.9714H
Jan 18, 2018MIN116-98W-5.5225W/U47.7388.2417H
Jan 15, 2018LAC102-113L-4.5230.5L/U40.4381.2513A

New Orleans Pelicans

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Jan 24, 2018CHR101-96W2.5223.5W/U44.8377.789A
Jan 22, 2018CHI132-128W-6.5226.5L/O41.5984.6216H
Jan 20, 2018MEM111-104W-9210L/O50.0081.257H
Jan 17, 2018ATL93-94L-2.5219.5L/U43.7568.4210A
Jan 16, 2018BOS116-113W5.5213.5W/O45.0076.007A

Next up:
Houston home to Phoenix Sunday, January 28
New Orleans home to Los Angeles Sunday, January 28

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