New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 12/17/2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:30 PM
Toyota Center in Houston
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On Thursday night, the New Orleans Pelicans will try to add a win to their poor 4-9 road record when they visit the Houston Rockets.
During the 2013-14 season, the Rockets were able to win three out of their four games against the Pelicans. New Orleans did get the last laugh, though, as they ended up beating the Rockets 105-100 in their final regular season game.
Rockets superstar James Harden has faced New Orleans 16 times in his career, averaging 17 points and 3.9 assists per game. Veteran small forward Trevor Ariza has averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game against the Pelicans, while Jason Terry has been able to score 15.1 points per game against them in 41 career games.
The Pelicans were able to score 41 points in the fourth quarter of their game against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday to help them pull off a 119-111 comeback win. They had their best shooting night of the season in that one, making 59.5 percent of their shots.
So far this season, the Pelicans have had one of the better offenses in the league, but their defense has given up over 103 points per game. Power forward Ryan Anderson has had a pretty good season through 24 games by averaging 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Big man Anthony Davis is their top scorer by averaging 24.6 points per game.
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
New Orleans Pelicans are 12-11-1 Against the Spread
New Orleans Pelicans are 15-8-0 against the Over/Under
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
Houston Rockets are 13-9-1 Against the Spread
Houston Rockets are 6-17-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
New Orleans Pelicans
11/24/14 G Eric Gordon Shoulder out indefinitely
12/17/14 G Francisco Garcia Calf expected to miss Wednesday vs. Denver
12/16/14 C Dwight Howard Knee "?" Wednesday vs. Denver
12/16/14 G Jason Terry Personal expected to miss Wednesday vs. Denver
12/13/14 G Isaiah Canaan Ankle "?" Wednesday vs. Denver
12/13/14 F Kostas Papanikolaou Knee "?" Wednesday vs. Denver
11/15/14 F Terrence Jones Leg out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Houston
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