Don't miss out on the NBA showdown between the Rockets and Pelicans. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on BSNO, and it's hosted by the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this Southwest division contest is set at 223.5 points, with the Pelicans being the favored team playing at home against the Rockets.


The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -7

This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 7:00 ET on Saturday, December 23rd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 117-107 in favor of the Pelicans.
  • Our projections have Brandon Ingram finishing with Brandon Ingram points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 53.0% and knocking down 13 threes.

Do the Rockets Stand a Chance on the Road?

When the Rockets take on the Pelicans, they will have an overall record of 14-12 which includes going 1-2 in their last three games. Against other Western Conference teams, the Rockets are 13-8 compared to a 1-4 record in non-conference play.

Presently, Houston boasts an ATS record of 17-8, which is above .500 against the spread. Houston has gone 7-1 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 10-7 when playing as underdogs.

Houston's offense is coming off a good game, putting up 122 points vs. the Mavericks. Overall, they hit 48.4% of their shots from the field and went 19/23 from the free-throw line. Alperen Sengün was the leading scorer for the Rockets, putting up 22 points. In addition, Jabari Smith Jr. contributed 21 points.

The Rockets' defense is presently ranked 2 in the league, allowing an average of 107.9 points per contest.

The Houston defense has allowed opponents to shoot 31.4% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 43.9% of their field goal attempts vs. Houston.

Will New Orleans Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

Coming into today's matchup against the Rockets, the Pelicans are 17-12 overall, looking to stay above .500. In Western Conference play, they are 11-10 and have gone 6-2 in non-conference games.

In terms of the spread, New Orleans currently holds an ATS record of 17-12, which is above .500. The Pelicans maintain an ATS record of 7-8 on the road, while they have a 10-4 record vs. the spread when playing at home.

New Orleans finished with 123 points in their game against the Cavaliers. This total surpasses their season-average of 116.1 points per game. In terms of offense, the Pelicans have a season-long field goal percentage of 48%, putting them 10th in the NBA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 16th in percentage and 25th in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Pelicans' defense holds the 14 rank in the NBA, allowing 113.5 points per game.

When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Pelicans squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 56.4% inside the arc, and they're also giving up 34.4% from downtown.