Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 1/30/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+1)
The Houston Rockets (8-9) head to Smoothie King Center on Saturday where they'll take on the New Orleans Pelicans (6-10). The spread on this contest has New Orleans as 1-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 223.
The Houston Rockets took the court against the Portland Blazers and took home the win by a score of 104-101 in their last game. Houston finished with a 42.2% FG percentage (38 of 90) and knocked down 13 of their 47 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Rockets knocked down 15 of their 18 tries for a rate of 83.3%. In relation to rebounding, they earned 47 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 19 assists for the contest as well as earning 8 steals and 7 blocked shots. Concerning the defense, Houston allowed the other team to go 41.9% from the floor on 39 of 93 shooting. Portland dished out 16 dimes and had 6 steals in this game. Moreover, the Blazers collected 49 rebounds (10 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Portland finished 75.0% from the free throw line by burying 6 of their 8 shots. They also buried 17 of their 41 shots from 3-point range.
Victor Oladipo is a guy who came through in the game. He had 25 points on 11 out of 23 shooting. He played for 36:36 minutes played and pulled down 7 rebounds. Oladipo ended up shooting 47.8% from the field and also totaled 5 assists. Someone else that had an impact in the matchup for the Rockets was Christian Wood. He grabbed 12 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 66.7% from the floor for the contest by shooting 8-of-12 (22 points). When the final whistle blew, Wood was on the court for 32:10 minutes.
Houston enters this contest with a record of 8-9 for the season. The Rockets are connecting on 34.8% on shots from downtown (225 of 647) and 75.0% from the free throw line. They are averaging 110.1 pts per contest (19th in the league) while hitting 45.6% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 15.6 times per game and as a squad they commit 20.2 personal fouls every game. As a team, Houston is pulling down 44.1 boards per contest and has tallied 382 dimes so far this season, which ranks 25th in the league in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Rockets are forcing 15.6 turnovers per game while drawing 20.4 personal fouls. They rank 3rd in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 368 surrendered on the season. The Rockets defense is allowing a FG percentage of 44.8% (266 of 346) and they surrender 47.3 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are surrendering 35.5% from 3-point land and they are ranked 8th in basketball in points per game allowed (109.4).
The last time they took the hardwood, the New Orleans Pelicans took home the win by a final score of 124-106 against the Washington Wizards. The Pelicans corralled 38 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 50 for this game. They rejected 4 attempts while recording 7 steals in this matchup. The Wizards earned 20 fouls for the matchup which got the Pelicans to the charity stripe for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to make 15 of those for a rate of 62.5%. In the matter of three-point attempts, New Orleans buried 17 of their 43 attempts (39.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Pelicans ended up shooting 46 out of 89 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.7%. The Pelicans permitted the Wizards to make 37 out of 92 attempts from the field which had them at 40.2% for the matchup. They finished shooting 34.2% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 13 of 38 and ended up going 19 of 21 from the free throw line (90.5%). Concerning cleaning up the glass, New Orleans permitted Washington to collect 39 in total (11 on the offensive glass).
Brandon Ingram was important for the Pelicans in the matchup. He buried 12 out of 19 in the matchup for a rate of 63.2%, which had him finishing with 32 points. Ingram collected 6 boards in his 36:03 minutes of playing time and accounted for 8 assists in this game. Someone else that was pivotal for New Orleans was Zion Williamson. He totaled 32 points in 32:45 minutes played via 12 out of 16 shooting in the matchup. Williamson wrapped this one up going 75.0% from the field in addition to collecting 2 dimes and 2 rebounds.
New Orleans has a mark of 6-10 this year. The Pelicans are committing 17.9 fouls per contest and they hit 71.3% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 22.9 times per contest (23rd in the league) and they turn it over 16.1 times per game. New Orleans has totaled 1,747 points on the campaign (109.2 per game) and they collect 46.9 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Pelicans are shooting 46.9% from the floor, which ranks them 11th in basketball. The Pelicans defensively are ranked 20th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 111.1. The New Orleans defense gives up 37.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (252 of 666) and their opponents are knocking down 81.5% of their free throw shots. They have given up 26.9 assists and 41.3 total rebounds per game, which ranks 29th and 3rd in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 45.3% from the floor (11th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (+1)
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