Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 2/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+1.5)
Smoothie King Center is the site where and the New Orleans Pelicans (10-12) will play the Houston Rockets (11-11) on Tuesday. Houston opens this game as 1.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 227.
The Houston Rockets faced off with the San Antonio Spurs and took a loss by a score of 111-106 in their last contest. Houston wrapped up the game having earned a 43.2% field goal percentage (38 out of 88) and converted 12 out of their 38 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Rockets knocked down 18 of 25 tries for a rate of 72.0%. In relation to hauling in boards, they collected 46 with 6 of them being offensive. They also distributed 21 dimes in this game in addition to earning 5 steals and 6 blocked shots. In regard to defending, Houston let their opponent shoot 42.5% from the floor on 37 out of 87 shooting. San Antonio distributed 22 assists and had 6 steals for this contest. In addition, the Spurs grabbed 44 rebounds (7 offensive, 37 defensive) and earned 7 blocks. San Antonio finished 80.6% from the charity stripe by making 29 of their 36 attempts. They knocked down 8 out of their 25 tries from beyond the perimeter.
John Wall is a player who was a major factor in this game. He totaled 27 points on 10 of 19 shooting. He played for 32:01 mins played and collected 2 rebounds. Wall shot 52.6% from the floor and dished out 7 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Rockets was DeMarcus Cousins. He pulled down 11 rebounds and also collected 2 dimes. He finished shooting 41.7% from the floor for the matchup by going 5-of-12 (12 points). In all, Cousins saw the court for 30:08 min.
Houston heads into this contest with a record of 11-11 on the season. The Rockets are shooting 36.2% on three-point shots (316 of 874) and 75.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 111.0 points per game (18th in the league) while connecting on 45.5% from the floor. They are giving up possession 15.7 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Houston is pulling down 44.4 rebounds per game and has accounted for 512 assists for the campaign, which is 25th in the league in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Rockets are forcing 15.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.1 fouls. The Rockets are giving up a shooting percentage of 44.5% (342 of 420) and they concede 47.0 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 2nd in the NBA in giving up assists with 485 conceded this season. They surrender 34.8% on three-point shots and they are ranked 6th in the league in PPG from their opponents (108.9).
In their last game, the New Orleans Pelicans went home victorious with a score of 118-109 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Pelicans were able to collect 34 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 42 in the game. They also blocked 9 attempts while earning 3 steals for the matchup. The Grizzlies had 17 fouls for this game which took the Pelicans to the charity stripe for a total of 21 shots. They were able to convert 13 of the free throws for a percentage of 61.9%. In reference to three-point attempts, New Orleans converted 15 of their 33 attempts (45.5%). When the game finished, the Pelicans went 45 for 87 from the floor which had them at 51.7%. The Pelicans permitted the Grizzlies to make 40 of 90 attempts from the field which had them shooting 44.4% in this game. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by going 13 of 39 and ended up shooting 16 of 19 from the free throw line (84.2%). In reference to attacking the glass, New Orleans allowed Memphis to get 45 in all (11 offensive).
Zion Williamson ended up being a major contributor for the Pelicans for the contest. He buried 10 out of 14 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 71.4%, which got him 29 points. Williamson had 4 boards in his 33:19 minutes of playing time and added 5 assists in the matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for New Orleans was Brandon Ingram. He ended up finishing with 27 points in his 34:59 mins on the court by going 11 out of 20 shooting in this game. Ingram ended the game having shot 55.0% from the floor while collecting 3 assists and 12 rebounds.
New Orleans has a mark of 10-12 on the campaign. The Pelicans are committing 17.7 personal fouls every game and they go 71.5% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 24.0 times per game (19th in the league) and they are turning it over 14.9 times per game. New Orleans has tallied 2,454 pts so far this season (111.5 per game) and they pull in 46.6 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Pelicans are connecting on 47.1% from the floor, which ranks 10th in the league. The Pelicans on the defensive end are ranked 20th in the league in PPG surrendered with 112.3. They have relinquished 27.5 dimes and 42.1 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 29th and 4th in the NBA. The New Orleans defense surrenders 37.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (340 of 906) and opponents are making 80.8% of their foul shots. They are able to force 13.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.8% from the floor (11th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (+1.5)
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