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Rockets vs. Pelicans Betting Info, Picks and Analysis (February 9, 2021)

NBA: Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds and picks

Compared to their past teams, the Rockets have flipped their identity.  Houston was once an offensive juggernaut led by scoring machine James Harden.  Brooklyn acquired Harden in a trade earlier this season to flip the Rockets script.  Now Houston emphasizes defense and structure. Fans and gamblers are needing time to adjust to these new NBA betting dynamics.  New Orleans continues to disappoint with Zion Williamson.  The first pick of the 2019 NBA Draft is not making the expected impact.  Zion has been effective but hardly dominant.  New Orleans will host Houston Tuesday on TNT.

Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans Betting Information

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
TV Coverage: TNT

Rockets vs. Pelicans Betting Odds

Rockets +4 (-110) 221 (-110) +155
Pelicans -4 (-110) 221 (-110) -175
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Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans CashBet Wagering Analysis

Overall, online sportsbook activity will split between these teams.  Sharps will lean with the Rockets based on defense.  Also, the Rockets will get a better price as the road team.  Squares will flock to the Pelicans.  Zion Williamson’s star appeal is a draw for casual gamblers.

Houston In Need of Rocket Fuel

The Rockets have a pro basketball betting record of 11-11 straight up, 10-12 against the spread, and 7-14 under the total.  Houston ranks 19th in the NBA for scoring offense and 6th for points allowed.  Cause by the trade of James Harden has the Rockets emphasized defense.  Houston has covered three of their last five games.  Seven of their previous ten stayed under the total.  Second place behind San Antonio in the Southwest Division is Houston’s standing.

Namely, center Christian Wood leads Houston with 22 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.  Wood has scored 17 or more points in four of his last five outings.  Guard Victor Oladipo adds 19.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest.  Accordingly, Oladipo has scored 19 or more points in three of his previous five games.

Pelicans Fail to Gain Traction

Late on, the Pelicans have covered five of their last seven Betting on NBA matchups.  Eight of their last ten games went over the total.  New Orleans is 10-12 straight up, 10-12 against the spread, and 14-8 over the total.  NBA metrics have the Pelicans ranked 17th for scoring and 20th for points allowed.  Accordingly, New Orleans is fourth in the Southwest Division standings.  The Pelicans rank 6th for offensive and 4th for defensive rebounding.

Forward Brandon Ingram leads the Pelicans with 23.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.  Correlate Ingram has scored 20 or more points in four of his last five games.  Forward Zion Williamson is at 23.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest.  In turn, Williamson has scored 26 or more points in three of their last five games.

Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans Against the Spread

Overall, the Rockets are 47-59 against the spread.  Houston is 21-23 vs. the line on the road.  In Southwest Division games, the Rockets are 8-12 on the board.

Houston is 41-64-1 under the basketball betting total in all games.  Specifically, on the road, the Rockets are 19-25 to the under.  Houston is 9-11 under the total in Southwest Division matchups.

To summarize, the Pelicans are 45-47-2 against the spread.  New Orleans is 21-22 on the board at the Smoothie King Center.  The Pelicans are 8-8 vs. the odds in Southwest Division matchups.

New Orleans is 52-42 over the total.  The Pelicans are 27-16 to the over at home. And then New Orleans is 8-8 over and under against the Southwest Division.

New Orleans has covered eight of their last 13 games against Houston.  And then three of the last five between these teams went over the total.  Houston has covered three of their previous five at New Orleans.  Two of the last three in this series at the Smoothie King Center went over the total.

Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans CashBet Free Pick  

As mentioned earlier, the Rockets have shown good NBA gambling value at New Orleans.

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