Pelicans vs Rockets Prediction - NBA Picks 3/17/23

Houston Rockets (17-52) vs New Orleans Pelicans (33-36)

Game Info: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

Betting Odds: Houston Rockets +6.5 -- Over/Under: 232.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets meet Friday in NBA action at the Toyota Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 113.9 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 113.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 26 points and 7 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.9 points and 5 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game.

The Houston Rockets are averaging 110.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 118.2 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Jalen Green is averaging 21.6 points and 3.9 rebounds, while Kevin Porter Jr. is averaging 18.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. Alperen Sengun is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Smith Jr. is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game.

The Rockets are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The under is 9-3 in Pelicans last 12 overall. The over is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 overall. The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Houston and 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans are the better team and should be favored, but I'm not sure about laying this much chalk with them on the road, given how much they've struggled since Zion left. The Houston Rockets aren't winning games, but they've been a lot more competitive lately, and they're covering numbers. The Pelicans are 12-22 ATS on the road this season. Give me the Rockets and the decent amount of points.

Randy’s Pick Houston Rockets +6.5

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