New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets Spread and Prediction

In this high-caliber showdown in the West, the first and the seventh best teams of the conference are clashing, when the West leaders Houston Rockets (20-4), are hosting the struggling lately New Orleans Pelicans (14-13), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak.

Date/Time:  12-11-2017, 20:00 EDT

Spread: Houston Rockets -11.5

Total: +227

Rockets have a 20-4 record (14-10 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the first place of the West. They have nine consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against Portland with a 124-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 32.3 ppg, adding 9.3 assists per game. He is followed by Eric Gordon with 18.6 ppg, while Chris Paul adds 14.3 ppg and a team high 9.8 assists per game.

Pelicans have a 14-13 record (14-12-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the West. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Sixers with a 131-124 score. They are led in scoring by DeMarcus Cousins with 26.2 ppg, adding 5 assists and a team high 12.4 rebounds per game. He is followed by Anthony Davis with 25.1 ppg and 10.6 rebounds.

In their four meetings last season, Rockets led the Pelicans 3-1 wins and were 2-0 in Houston. Rockets are 8-3 at home so far this season, while Pelicans are 7-6 on the road. Rockets are better both offensively, scoring a second-best 114.4 ppg to Pelicans’ 110.2 and defensively, allowing 103.2 ppg to Pelicans’ third-worse of 111. Pelicans on the other hand have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with a third-best of 48.5% to Rockets’ 46.8%, while both teams have the same 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.9% and almost the same turnovers committed (16 to 16.1). Pelicans are better in assists made, with a second-best of 26.2 to Rockets’ 22.7, while Rockets are better in rebounding (44.4 to 43.2). Rockets are rolling even better now with Chris Paul back in the lineup and Vegas odds give them a -11.5 spread which they are expected to beat easily for the home victory tonight.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets -11.5 (-110)

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