New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets - 12/5/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets - 12/5/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (6-16) vs New Orleans Pelicans (7-18)

Game Info: Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Toyota Center)

Betting Odds: Houston Rockets +3.5 -- Over/Under: 216.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets meet Sunday in NBA action at the Toyota Center. The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Houston Rockets look to build on their five-game winning streak.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 103.2 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 109.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 21.9 points and 6.3 rebounds, while Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 18.6 points and 12.1 rebounds. Devonte’ Graham is the third double-digit scorer and Nickeil Alexander-Walker is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game.

The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 112 points on 45 percent shooting. Christian Wood is averaging 16.2 points and 11.3 rebounds, while Jalen Green is averaging 14 points and 3.1 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Porter Jr. is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.

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The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Rockets are 15-36 ATS in their last 51 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 26-11-1 in Pelicans last 38 overall. The over is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 overall. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans should be favored and should win this game, but we've been saying about them a lot this season. The Pelicans are one of the biggest underachievers this season, and that includes them losing on the road by an average of 8.5 points. Don't look now, but the Rockets have won five straight games and are winning those games by an average of 5.4 points. Not sure how long it lasts, but the Rockets have a little pep in their step at the moment. Give me the points.

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Randy’s Pick Houston Rockets +3.5

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