New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets, Friday, Las Vegas Odds, NBA Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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NEW ORLEANS PELICANS HOUSTON ROCKETS
9-18 December 16, 8:00 PM | Toyota Center 19-7

When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, December 16, 2016
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN New Orleans, ROOT (Houston)

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
New Orleans Pelicans TBA TBA TBA
Houston Rockets TBA TBA TBA
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The division rival New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets are set to renew hostilities on Friday when they meet at Toyota Center.

ABOUT THE PELICANS (9-18): Hield has struggled to find his niche but he displayed his potential while knocking down a season-best five 3-pointers against the Pacers. Hield has tallied 15 or more points in three of the past seven games after being in single digits in each of the previous 10 contests. “It’s good to see Buddy step up the way he did and I still think he can shoot it even better than he did,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said afterward. “He’s just learning what a good shot is, when he should shoot it and when he should try to drive it.”

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (19-7): Houston drained 22-of-42 3-pointers in the rout of the Kings, falling one shy of the NBA mark that the franchise (Feb. 5, 2013) shares with the Orlando Magic (Jan. 13, 2009). The Rockets matched a franchise mark by making 15 or more 3-pointers in three consecutive games and extended their NBA record of making 10 or more to 25 games. “We don’t go out and try to take a particular number,” Rockets guard Pat Beverley told reporters. “It’s how it works out. We shoot open 3s. We shoot them fast. We’re confident. The coaching staff is confident on our abilities.”

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Rockets listed as TBA-point favorites versus the Pelicans, while the game’s total is sitting at TBA according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

James Harden and the Houston Rockets are controlling the pace of play and racking up victories. Harden has posted five triple-doubles this season and fast-paced Houston seeks its ninth straight win when it hosts the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

Harden’s latest triple-double was the 14th of his Houston tenure to match Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon for the most in franchise history. The Rockets are averaging 120.8 points during their winning streak and matched their season-best output for points with Wednesday’s 132-98 drubbing of the Sacramento Kings. New Orleans is trying to dig itself out of an early-season hole and played solid basketball in Thursday’s 102-95 home victory over the Indiana Pacers. Star power forward Anthony Davis contributed 35 points, 16 rebounds and matched his season high of five blocked shots while rookie shooting guard Buddy Hield enjoyed his best game of the season with 21 points.

Houston won its last outing, a 132-98 result against the Kings on December 14. The Rockets covered in that game as a -14-point favorite, while the 230 combined points took the game OVER the total.

New Orleans was a 102-95 winner in its last match at home against the Pacers. They covered the -2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 197 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

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New Orleans:
Team record: 9-18 SU,12-14-1 ATS
New Orleans is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
New Orleans is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road

Houston:
Team record: 19-7 SU,18-8 ATS
Current Streak: won 8 straight games.
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston’s last 12 games

Next up:
New Orleans at San Antonio Sunday, December 18
Houston at Minnesota Saturday, December 17

KEY NOTES
1. The Rockets won five of the past six meetings.

2. New Orleans G Tyreke Evans (knee) made his season debut on Thursday and scored seven points in 11 minutes but didn’t travel with the team to Houston.

3. Houston signed journeyman G Bobby Brown and renounced its rights to PF Donatas Motiejunas, making the fifth-year pro a free agent.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Houston Rockets will cover the spread at TBA and the game will stay under TBA points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Rockets 126, Pelicans 111 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
NOH TEAM HOU
102.7 PTS FOR 112.8
106.6 PTS AGNST 105.9
-3.9 DIFF. 6.9
36.2 DEF REBOUNDS 33.2
8.5 OFF REBOUNDS 11.5
43.9 FG% 47.1
76.7 FT% 74.0
8.4 3 POINTERS 14.5
7.9 STEALS 7.9
INJURIES
NEW ORLEANS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
HOUSTON
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
New Orleans is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of New Orleans’s last 18 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of New Orleans’s last 15 games when playing Houston
New Orleans is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
New Orleans is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston
New Orleans is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Houston
HOUSTON
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston’s last 12 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 8 games at home
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing New Orleans
Houston is 8-16-1 ATS in its last 25 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Houston’s last 15 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games when playing at home against New Orleans
Houston is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against New Orleans
Houston is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games when playing at home against New Orleans
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
New Orleans’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 102.7 20 105.9 20
New Orleans’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense 97.5 25 101.5 13
New Orleans’s Road Rebounds vs Houston’s Home Rebounds Allowed 43.0 18 39.2 2
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs New Orleans’s Overall Defense 112.8 2 106.6 23
Houston’s Home Scoring vs New Orleans’s Road Defense 113.7 3 104.8 16
Houston’s Home Rebounds vs New Orleans’s Road Rebounds Allowed 46.6 6 47.6 29
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans has the worst rebounds allowed in the league 48.5.
HOUSTON
Houston is the second highest scoring team in the league at 112.8 points per game.
Houston is third in the league in field goal percentage at 47.1.
Houston leads the league in three points made with 14.5 per game.
Houston allows the second highest free throw percentage in the league at 79.2% per game.
Houston leads the league in rebounds allowed at 40.7.

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