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

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HOUSTON ROCKETS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
40-18 February 23, 8:00 PM | Smoothie King Center 23-34
Houston at New Orleans, Betting Lines
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 23, 2017
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ROOT (Houston), FSN New Orleans
Rotation – Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
505 –Houston Rockets -3½ -110 -165 Ov 227 -110
506 –New Orleans Pelicans +3½ -110 +145 Un 227 -110

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Thursday when the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (40-18): Houston ranks second in scoring at an average of 114.4 points and 24th in scoring defense at 108 per game, but that didn’t stop the club from trading defensive-minded swingman Corey Brewer and a first-round draft pick for Williams. The Rockets were looking to pump up their bench and found the high-scoring Williams — averaging a career-best 18.6 points — to be a good backcourt fit with James Harden, Eric Gordon and Patrick Beverley. Williams isn’t expected to pass his physical in time to play against the Pelicans.

ABOUT THE PELICANS (23-34): Cousins ranks fourth in the NBA in scoring (27.8) and Davis ranks fifth (27.7), and the two former Kentucky stars are eager to play with one another. “We have to try to get it to work,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. “One thing about it, is they’re friends. They’ve been friends a long time. That makes the adjustment a little bit easier. I think both of them are very giving. I don’t think there’s going to be any head-bumping as far as whose team this team is or any of those situations like that.” Gentry will try to reign in Cousins’ temper — he has drawn 17 technical fouls and his next one will earn him his second one-game suspension of the season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rockets listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Pelicans, while the game’s total is sitting at 227.

It is sinking in to DeMarcus Cousins that he is no longer a member of the Sacramento Kings and the All-Star center makes his New Orleans debut when the Pelicans host the Houston Rockets on Thursday. Cousins was traded to New Orleans for a package that included guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and a first-round draft pick and now will be on the same frontline as All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis.

Sacramento promised Cousins he wouldn’t be traded, so the trade, which began leaking out during the All-Star Game, initially disappointed Cousins. “It was very unexpected. I sat in the airport for a minute and my mind was racing,” Cousins told reporters on Wednesday. “I didn’t know what to think. I’ve tried to understand the situation. Basically what I came to is this is a business. I’m not sour, I’m not mad, I don’t have any ill feelings. This is a business. These types of things happen. I’m comfortable with it.” The Pelicans resume play 2 1/2 games behind the Denver Nuggets for the final Western Conference playoff spot, while Houston stands a solid third — four games behind the second-place San Antonio Spurs and four games ahead of the fourth-place Los Angeles Clippers. The Rockets made a move of their own by acquiring sharpshooting guard Lou Williams from the Los Angeles Lakers.

New Orleans won its last outing, a 95-91 result against the Grizzlies on February 15. The Pelicans covered in that game as a +8-point underdog, while the 186 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 117-109 loser as they battled the Heat at home. The Rockets failed to cover in the match as a -10.5-point favorite, while 226 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Houston:
Team record: 40-18 SU,33-25 ATS
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games
Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

New Orleans:
Team record: 23-34 SU,27-29-1 ATS
New Orleans is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans’s last 7 games
New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to Minnesota Saturday, February 25
New Orleans at Dallas Saturday, February 25

NBA HOOPS UPDATES

1. The Rockets won six of the past seven meetings, including a 122-100 victory on Dec. 16, when they made an NBA record 24 3-pointers (since tied by Denver) and attempted a record 61 3-pointers.

2. Beverley has been mentioned in trade talks with one deal being discussed with the Cleveland Cavaliers for G Iman Shumpert.

3. New Orleans PG Jrue Holiday is averaging 21.8 points over the past 13 games and has scored in double digits in 16 straight outings.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Houston Rockets will cover the spread at -3.5 and the game will go over 227 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Rockets 123, Pelicans 115 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
HOU TEAM NOH
114.4 PTS FOR 103.4
108.0 PTS AGNST 106.5
6.4 DIFF. -3.1
33.4 DEF REBOUNDS 35.4
10.7 OFF REBOUNDS 8.6
46.5 FG% 44.6
76.3 FT% 74.5
14.5 3 POINTERS 9.4
8.2 STEALS 7.7
BETTING TRENDS
HOUSTON
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Houston’s last 16 games when playing New Orleans
Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing New Orleans
Houston is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Houston’s last 17 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans’s last 7 games
New Orleans is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Orleans’s last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of New Orleans’s last 16 games when playing Houston
New Orleans is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Houston
New Orleans is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of New Orleans’s last 17 games when playing at home against Houston
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs New Orleans’s Overall Defense 114.5 2 106.5 22
Houston’s Away Scoring vs New Orleans’s Home Defense 113.2 2 108.3 27
Houston’s Road Rebounds vs New Orleans’s Home Rebounds Allowed 42.2 22 49.2 30
New Orleans’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 103.4 21 108.0 24
New Orleans’s Home Scoring vs Houston’s Road Defense 106.7 16 110.3 24
New Orleans’s Home Rebounds vs Houston’s Road Rebounds Allowed 45.5 10 42.4 7
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
HOUSTON
Houston is the second highest scoring team in the league at 114.4 points per game.
Houston leads the league in three points made with 14.5 per game.
NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans has the worst rebounds allowed in the league 48.5.

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