Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans will look to take it to James Harden and the defenseless Houston Rockets when the two Western Conference ball clubs square off on Wednesday night. With both teams suffering losses in their respective last games, let’s find out who’s going to bring home the bacon in this western conference pro hoops odds match up.
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How To Bet The New Orleans vs. Houston NBA Odds & TV Info
When: Wednesday, March 2, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
TV: RTSW, FSNO
NBA Odds: TBA
Why Bet The New Orleans Pelicans
There’s a good reason to back the Pelicans (23-25 SU, 24-34 ATS) in this contest and it’s because they’re playing a Rockets team that doesn’t play a lick of defense. New Orleans was on the wrong end of a heartbreaking 112-110 loss against Minnesota on Saturday while failing to cover the spread as a 2-point home favorite.
The Pelicans got 31 points from veteran guard Eric Gordon and veteran forward Ryan Anderson, who started in place of Davis, who sprained his big toe in warm-ups. “I don’t think it’s going to be one of those deals where he’s 100 percent, but more than likely we’ll rest him and I’m assuming he’ll be able to play in the next couple of days,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “I’m not quite sure the extent of it or how it will affect him, but we expect him to come back and play.”
Why Bet The Houston Rockets
Houston (29-31 SU, 26-34 ATS) can score the ball with any team in the league and that’s a good reason to back them against the Pelicans. Unfortunately, Houston’s lack of defense has cost them big-time this season just as it did in their 128-121 loss to Milwaukee on Monday night. Houston allowed Bucks second-year forward Jabari Parker to score a career-high 36 points in the loss, canceling out a fine performance from veteran center Dwight Howard who scored a team-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
“The only way you win in this league is if you’re able to get stops,” Ariza said. “We can score the ball, we all know that, but the defensive end of the floor, that’s where our problem is. There’s no excuse for giving up (128) points.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
If Anthony Davis were completely healthy, I’d probably urge you to back the New Orleans Pelicans in this contest, but since he’s not and almost certainly won’t be playing in this contest, I believe the explosive Rockets are the right pick to win and narrowly cash in depending on the spread. The Pelicans are just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing straight up record.
Conversely, the Rockets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games against a team with a losing road record and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss. The Rockets may be a bunch of big ass quitters this season, but they’ll outscore New Orleans in this contest to improve on their 4- ATS mark in their last five games against the Pelicans.
My final score prediction: Houston 108 New Orleans 102