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In New Orleans’ most recent game, Brandon Ingram led the team in scoring with 22 points, but the Pelicans fell to the Lakers by a score of 123-108 to the Lakers. Going into the game, New Orleans was 2.0 point favorites, adding an ATS loss to their resume.
Now, the Pelicans’ overall record sits at 33-36, placing them 12th in the Western Conference. The team’s current record at home is 22-13 and 11-23 on the road. New Orleans’ record against the spread is below .500 at 31-38.
Over their last five games, the Pelicans’ are averaging 110 points per game. For the season, New Orleans is ranked 17th at 113.9 points per contest. So far, the Pelicans’ shooters have hit just 35.4% of their three-point field goal attempts, placing them just 19th in the league. As a whole, the team is 12th in field goal percentage at 47.7%. In terms of pace, New Orleans is below the league average at 99.6 possessions per game (13th).
New Orleans’ defense enters 16th in the league, giving up an average of 110.3 points per game with a field goal percentage allowed of 47.2%. Despite being close to the league average in points allowed, New Orleans has excelled in defensive rebounding and forcing turnovers, ranking 12th in defensive rebounds per game and averaging 14.2 forced turnovers per game (8th).
Houston Rockets – NBA Betting Analysis
After taking down the Lakers by a score of 114-110, the Rockets are riding a two game win streak. Kevin Porter Jr. led the way in scoring with 27 points. Houston was the 3.0 point underdog heading into the game, giving them an ATS win.
With the win, the team has moved to 17-52, placing them 15th in the Western Conference. So far this season, they have gone 11-24 at home and 6-28 on the road. Even though the Rockets have rattled off 2 straight wins against the spread, their overall ATS record is 27-40.
Going into today’s game, the Rockets are ranked 29th in scoring with an average of 110.3 points per contest. Over their five most recent games, the team has been scoring an average of 229 points per game. Some key reasons behind the Rockets’ offensive struggles is their poor shooting numbers from outside. Currently, they rank 19th in attempts and 30th in percentage at 32.8%. The team’s slow pace of play is also impacting their scoring numbers, as they are 98.9 in possessions per game. On average, Houston gets to the line 25.3 times per game (8th) and has hit 75.1% of these attempts.
Houston’s defense is currently 16th in the league at 110.3 points allowed per game. So far, opposing teams have hit 47.2% of their field goal attempts and 36.5% of their looks from beyond the arc. Although the Rockets are only 30th in forced turnovers, they have done a good job on the boards, ranking 32.5 in defensive rebounds per contest.
Today’s NBA Betting Pick – Pelicans vs. Rockets
Today’s matchup will be the 2nd game of the season between the Pelicans and Rockets. So far, the Pelicans have the leg up in the series 2-0. The most recent game between the teams resulted in both a straight-up and ATS win for the Pelicans (119-106). Their combined 225 points fell below the over/under line of 233.0.
In the Pelicans’ previous five games as the favorite, they have a straight up record of 2-3 while going 2-3 against the spread. In their last three road contests, they are 1-2 ATS and 1-2 straight up. Their previous ten games have an over/under mark of 3-7 with an average of 225 points per contest.
Across Houston’s last five games at home, they have an ATS mark of 2-3 while going 1-4 straight-up. As the underdog, the Rockets are 2-1 straight up on an average scoring differential of 0 points per game. This has led to an ATS mark of 2-1. Their previous ten games have ended in an average of 236 points per game and an over/under mark of 6-4.
Recommended ATS Betting Pick: HOU +6
Recommended OU Betting Pick: Under 230.5
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