New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 12/5/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet
The New Orleans Pelicans (7-18) are hitting the road to Toyota Center on Sunday where they will attempt to defeat the Houston Rockets (6-16).
The Pelicans faced the Mavericks and took home the win by a score of 107-91 in their last contest. New Orleans ended the contest having earned a 41.6% field goal percentage (37 of 89) and converted 12 of their 30 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Pelicans knocked down 21 of their 28 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. In relation to grabbing boards, they collected 54 with 12 of them being offensive. They also doled out 30 assists for the contest in addition to forcing 2 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In regard to defense, New Orleans allowed the other team to go 40.5% from the field on 32 of 79 shooting. Dallas distributed 42 assists and had 17 steals for the contest. On top of that, Dallas snagged 37 rebounds (5 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Dallas went 65.4% at the free throw line by burying 17 of their 26 shots. They also made 10 out of their 34 tries from long range. Concerning fouls, the Pelicans ended up finishing with 26 and the Mavericks recorded 15 fouls.
Brandon Ingram is a player who was important in the matchup. Ingram finished the contest at 35.0% from the floor and distributed 12 assists. He was on the court for 38 minutes and collected 8 rebounds. He racked up 24 points on 7 of 20 shooting.
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New Orleans heads into this contest with a mark of 7-18 for the year. They average 103.2 points per game (27th in the league) on 42.9% from the floor. The Pelicans are connecting on 34.0% on shots from beyond the arc (275 of 808) and 81.5% from the free throw line. As a team, New Orleans is pulling down 45.8 rebounds per game and is sitting with 601 assists this year, which has them ranked 3rd in the league in terms of passing. They turn it over 15.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 19.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Pelicans are able to force 13.6 turnovers every game while drawing 19.1 fouls. They are 27th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 606 conceded for the campaign. The Pelicans defense is allowing a FG percentage of 47.3% (1,014 of 2,142) and they concede 43.2 rebounds per game as a team. They relinquish 37.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 23rd in the league in opponents points per game (109.8).
When they last played, the Rockets walked away with a victory by a final of 118-116 against the Magic. The Rockets were able to corral 28 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 36 for this contest. They coughed it up 10 times, while earning 7 steals in the game. The Magic earned 18 fouls for this game which took the Rockets to the charity stripe for a total of 15 shots. They were able to make 13 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 86.7%. Concerning shots from distance, Houston converted 17 out of 47 tries (36.2%). When the game finished, the Rockets shot 44 out of 93 from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.3%. The Rockets allowed the Magic to bury 42 out of their 86 tries from the field which had them shooting 48.8% in the matchup. They finished shooting 35.1% from beyond the arc by connecting on 13 out of 37 and finished the game at 19 out of 21 at the free throw line (90.5%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Houston allowed Orlando to grab 35 in total (10 offensive).
Christian Wood ended up being a major contributor for the Rockets for this game. Wood earned 20 points in his 34 mins of playing time and had 4 dimes for the game. He converted 8 out of 19 for the matchup for a rate of 42.1%, and accumulated 14 rebounds.
Houston has a record of 6-16 on the campaign. The Rockets commit 19.7 fouls per contest while shooting 70.2% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 22.5 times per contest (21st in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 18.2 times per contest. Houston has earned 2,301 points on the season (104.6 per contest) and they grab 45.2 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the Rockets are shooting 43.9% from the floor, which is 23rd in the NBA.
The Houston defense gives up 33.0% on shots from distance (286 of 867) and opponents are connecting on 79.3% of their foul shots. They give up 23.5 assists and 46.0 boards every game, which ranks them 16th and 16th in basketball. The Rockets are ranked 26th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 112.0. They are forcing 14.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 45.0% from the floor (16th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston
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