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

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Houston 34-12 23-22-1 114.13 106.37 7.76 10-13-1 13-9 21-25 14-10 7-15
New Orleans 26-21 24-22-1 111.00 110.60 0.40000000000001 9-12-1 15-10 28-19 16-6 12-13
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
HOU 22.28 14.20 1.57
NOH 26.26 15.23 1.72
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
HOU 9.67 34.37 44.04
NOH 8.36 34.64 43
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
HOU 45.96 46.99 -1.03
NOH 48.59 46.07 2.52
Team Records

Houston Rockets

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 34-12 18-6 16-6 23-22-1 10-13-1 13-9 114.13 106.37 7.76
Last 10 7-3 4-1 3-2 6-4 3-2 3-2 110.10 105.50 4.60
vs Div 6-2 4-1 2-1 5-3 3-2 2-1 107.50 100.00 7.50
vs EAST 14-5 7-2 7-3 7-11-1 1-7-1 6-4 111.32 104.32 7.00
vs WEST 20-7 11-4 9-3 16-11 9-6 7-5 116.11 107.81 8.30

New Orleans Pelicans

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 26-21 13-9 13-12 24-22-1 9-12-1 15-10 111.00 110.60 0.40
Last 10 7-3 4-0 3-3 4-6 1-3 3-3 110.70 109.60 1.10
vs Div 3-4 2-1 1-3 3-4 1-2 2-2 107.57 107.71 -0.14
vs EAST 14-6 7-3 7-3 11-8-1 3-6-1 8-2 112.75 109.25 3.50
vs WEST 12-15 6-6 6-9 13-14 6-6 7-8 109.70 111.59 -1.89

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 114.13 2 110.60 29
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 111.18 2 112.95 30
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 44.18 12 42.27 17
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 111.00 4 106.37 18
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 114.27 2 103.59 6
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 41.95 24 41.73 3

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Houston 8-2 6-4 5-5 115.90 57.40 46.34 45.00 117/304 7.20
New Orleans 2-8 4-6 5-5 108.80 58.80 46.86 45.20 142/393 8.70

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Dec 11, 2017 NOH 123 HOU 130 -13.5 NOH 227.5 O NOH NOH NOH 76 78 57.6 54.5 41 36 18/33 17/45 6 12
Mar 24, 2017 NOH 107 HOU 117 -8 HOU 231 U HOU HOU Push 50 49 45.1 47.3 36 59 14/38 14/39 9 5
Mar 17, 2017 HOU 112 NOH 128 6.5 NOH 228 O NOH NOH HOU 50 68 41.6 53.3 46 53 13/40 12/34 6 9
Feb 23, 2017 HOU 129 NOH 99 3.5 HOU 230.5 U HOU HOU HOU 66 50 49.5 41.9 48 45 20/51 6/31 12 10
Dec 16, 2016 NOH 100 HOU 122 -11.5 HOU 224 U HOU HOU HOU 50 72 40.8 44.7 47 57 9/27 24/61 4 7
Mar 2, 2016 NOH 95 HOU 100 -6 NOH 222 U HOU HOU NOH 52 53 40 44.4 43 51 14/36 3/34 10 15
Jan 25, 2016 HOU 112 NOH 111 -4 HOU 216.5 O HOU NOH HOU 58 60 47.5 46.2 38 50 19/39 13/29 7 8
Dec 26, 2015 HOU 108 NOH 110 1.5 NOH 209 O NOH NOH HOU 62 63 45.2 50.7 35 40 15/33 13/24 8 5
Dec 2, 2015 NOH 101 HOU 108 -3.5 HOU 214.5 U HOU NOH HOU 50 48 40.9 41.4 56 42 7/25 8/27 5 9
Apr 12, 2015 NOH 114 HOU 121 -5 HOU 198.5 O HOU HOU NOH 55 52 48.4 53.4 39 40 11/27 9/24 6 6

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Houston Rockets

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Jan 24, 2018 DAL 104-97 W -6.5 216.5 W/U 43.90 47.83 21 A
Jan 22, 2018 MIA 99-90 W -10.5 213 L/U 44.44 66.67 15 H
Jan 20, 2018 GS 116-108 W 2.5 237.5 W/U 47.13 68.97 14 H
Jan 18, 2018 MIN 116-98 W -5.5 225 W/U 47.73 88.24 17 H
Jan 15, 2018 LAC 102-113 L -4.5 230.5 L/U 40.43 81.25 13 A

New Orleans Pelicans

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Jan 24, 2018 CHR 101-96 W 2.5 223.5 W/U 44.83 77.78 9 A
Jan 22, 2018 CHI 132-128 W -6.5 226.5 L/O 41.59 84.62 16 H
Jan 20, 2018 MEM 111-104 W -9 210 L/O 50.00 81.25 7 H
Jan 17, 2018 ATL 93-94 L -2.5 219.5 L/U 43.75 68.42 10 A
Jan 16, 2018 BOS 116-113 W 5.5 213.5 W/O 45.00 76.00 7 A

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

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