Tonight’s basketball action takes us to the Toyota Center in Houston, TX for a Western Conference showdown. For this NBA matchup, the New Orleans Pelicans will be taking on the Houston Rockets at 8:00 PM ET. For this game, the Rockets have the home advantage and trying to start a winning streak. However, will it be enough to take down the Pelicans? Let’s find out with our Pelicans vs Rockets Betting Pick and analysis from our experts!
For this NBA matchup, the Pelicans are the clear favorite despite being the visiting team with a -6pointspread. However, the sports betting websites do not expect to see a blowout game. This is because most sportsbooks have the money line on the Pelicans ranging between -210 and -285.
Several basketball handicappers are arguing about the outcome of this game. The biggest argument being whether the Pelicans can actually win against the Rockets. However, for basketball betting fans, that is a moot point. As we are looking to see which bet will provide the bigger profits with the least amount of risk.
Pelicans vs Rockets Prediction and Analysis for 03/17/2023
The New Orleans Pelicans are looking for a win after losing to the lakers 108-123. They currently rank 12 in the Western Conference with a 33-36 record and 13 wins from the Denver Nuggets. During their loss against the Lakers, Brandon Ingram was the leading scorer with 22 points on 9 of 17 shots.
Overall, Ingram is the leading scorer for the Pelicans averaging 22.9 points per game. Furthermore, CJ McCollum is the second leading scorer for New Orlans averaging 21.1 points per game. In terms of assists, the pelicans have Jonas Valanciunas is the leading rebounder averaging 9.5 rebounds per game.
New Orleans averages 113.9 points per game while on defense, they hold their opponents to 113.5 points per game.
On the other hand, the Houston Rockets are looking for their third consecutive victory. Despite ranking last in the Western Conference with a 17-52 record they are not giving up. During their 114-110 victory against the Lakers, the Rockets had 35 defensive boards and 16 offensive boards.
Kevin Porter had a strong impact during the game with 27 points in his first 39 minutes on the court. According to betting odds sites, he made 11 of 16 for the contest and also had 9 rebounds. In addition, he is the second leading scorer for Houston. At the moment, the leading scorer for the Rockets is Jalen Green who averages 21.8 points per game.
Pelicans vs Rockets Betting Pick
Game time: 03/17/2023 at 8:00 PM EDT
Bet on the Houston Rockets at +6
The Pelicans have been struggling to consistently contest shots near the rim. In addition, they will continue to play without the lead scorer, Zion Williamson. On top of that, they have been unable to cover the spread in the 8 of their last 11 games.
The Rockets have wo their last 2 games against the Lakers and the Celtics which are strong opponents. Furthermore, they are look solid on the court and have the confidence to back it up. Therefore, we predict the Houston Rockets will win with a final score of 117-107.
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