Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans - 1/4/23 NBA Picks and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (23-14) vs Houston Rockets (10-27)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -7.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. The Houston Rockets have lost 4 straight games. The New Orleans Pelicans have won 5 of their last 7 games.

The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 115.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Jalen Green is averaging 21.4 points and 4.4 rebounds, while Kevin Porter Jr. is averaging 19.4 points and 5.6 rebounds. Alperen Sengun is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Smith Jr. is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 117.4 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 26 points and 7 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 20.8 points and 4.7 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.4 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.

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The Rockets are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 5-2 in Rockets last 7 Wednesday games. The over is 8-2 in Pelicans last 10 overall. The Rockets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New Orleans and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans are a team we've backed a lot this season, they're at their best at home, and they have the ability to blow the doors off here. The Houston Rockets are a mess and not a team I'm thrilled to back. With that said, the Pels are without Zion, Ingram, and Nance Jr. for this game. I'm not sure if I want to lay this many points with the Pels without two of their top three players. Give me the points.

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Randy’s Pick Houston Rockets +7.5

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