Streaking Rockets Clash with Red-Hot Pelicans Down on the Bayou

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Swinging Johnson

Friday, January 26, 2018 3:19 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 3:19 PM GMT

Friday's matchup features two Western Conference foes on winning streaks when the Rockets prepare to launch down on the bayou against the Pelicans. Let’s review the NBA odds and get on the right side of this intriguing matchup.

Rockets (34-12 SU, 23-22-1 ATS) at Pelicans (26-21 SU, 25-22 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Pelicans +4Best Line Offered: Bovada

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  • New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on one day’s rest.
  • New Orleans is 21-8 ATS in their last 29 home games vs. a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600.
  • New Orleans is 40-19 ATS in their last 59 games as a home underdog.
  • Houston is 0-5 ATS in their last five road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Houston is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
  • Houston is 2-4 ATS after a division game this season.

Both teams are on impressive runs with Houston winning seven of its last eight and covering the NBA odds in six of those contests. Similarly, New Orleans has reeled off six wins over its last seven but has not been as prolific at the betting windows, covering the number in four of those. Tonight, we see the Rockets heading into this contest off a 104-97 road win over the Mavericks and narrowly covering the 6½-point spread. The Pelicans are also entering this game with a win, and a cover, under their belts after a mild road upset of the Hornets in a 101-96 victory as 2½-point road dogs Wednesday.

The last time these teams met, the Rockets captured a 130-123 win in an offensive slugfest, but it was the Pelicans who cashed as 14-point road dogs back in December even without five-time All-Star Anthony Davis in uniform. You would have to go back to March of last year when these teams met last at the Smoothie King Center. That night the Pelicans drew away to a 128-112 win as 6½-point home dogs.

Davis will be in action for New Orleans, and this is a stern test to determine whether the Pelicans can play with the big boys or if they are just a paper tiger, beating up on the weak sisters of the league. But the opinion here is that the Pelicans are jelling at the right time. This young group has won three of their last five in overtime, which is the hallmark of a team that thrives on pressure rather than melts because of it. We suspect the Pelicans will give the Rockets a handful with their big, talented front court, and if they cut down on turnovers they could easily win this one outright. Make sure to include New Orleans in your NBA picks tonight!

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