Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans Preview (12/29/19)

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The Houston Rockets will be on the road Sunday taking the court against the Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The Rockets will be looking for their second win in as many nights after beating the Brooklyn Nets 108-98 at home on Saturday. The Pelicans will be looking for their third consecutive win following a 120-98 win at home against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets are now 22-10 on the season following a 108-92 win at home against the Brooklyn Nets. James Harden connected on 17 of 27 from the field to lead the Rockets with 44 points. Russell Westbrook passed the ball for a team-high seven assists while Isaiah Hartenstein pulled down 13 rebounds. Houston had three different players finish the game with a double-digit scoring night.

The Rockets have been good for an average of 119.7 points per game on the offensive end of the court while hitting 45.2 percent from the field. They have been able to pass the ball for an average of 21.5 assists per night while grabbing 47.3 rebounds. Defensively, they allow an average of 114.5 points per game to their opponents. Hoston has been taking the ball away for 8.4 steals every time they are on the court to go along with 4.9 blocks. They will be looking for back-to-back wins

New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans is now 10-23 following a 120-98 win at home against the Indiana Pacers. Brandon Ingram was able to knock down 7 of 16 from the field to lead the Pelicans with 24 points. Both Ingram and Jrue Holiday were able to pass the ball for seven assists while Derrick Favors hauled in 16 rebounds. New Orleans had seven different players finish the game with at least 10 points.

The Pelicans have been able to put the ball in the net for an average of 111.6 points per game this season while shooting 44.5 from the field. New Orleans has passed the ball for an average of 24.6 assists per night with 45.6 rebounds. On the defensive end of the floor, New Orleans gives up 117.2 points per night. The Pelicans average 7.5 steals per game to go along with 4.9 blocks. They will be looking for a third consecutive win.

Previous 10 games head-to-head

The Rockets have gotten the best of New Orleans in their previous 10 meetings with a record of 7-3, 3-7 ATS. The over/under has gone 4-5-1 throughout the stretch. Houston has been able to put the ball in the basket for an average of 116.10 points a night during the 10-game span while giving up an average of 111.50 to the Pelicans.

As of late Saturday night, both the point spread and total were off for this game.

Houston is 4-1 ATS in their previous five games.

Houston is 3-6 ATS in their previous nine games vs. the Western Conference.

The total has stayed under in five of Houston’s previous seven games.

New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in their previous five games.

New Orleans is 2-4 ATS in their previous six games vs. the Southwest division.

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