Pelicans vs. Rockets Prediction
Will the Houston Rockets cover as a double-digit home favorite tonight when they host the New Orleans Pelicans at 8:00 p.m. ET?
Who Oddsmakers Like: Houston. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Rockets are 12-point home favorites versus the Pelicans, who opened as 10-point road underdogs. The total, meanwhile, hit the board at 224.5 but jumped to 226.5.
Who Public Bettors Like: As of Monday morning, 75% of the betting tickets were on the Rockets to cover the spread but 60% of the money was on the underdog Pelicans.
Injury Report: Jameer Nelson is doubtful to play tonight for the Pelicans due to an ankle injury. Alexis Ajinca (knee), Frank Jackson (foot) and Solomon Hill (hamstring), meanwhile, are out.
As of this writing, there are no players listed on the Rockets' injury report.
Who We Like: Houston. The Pelicans have failed to cover in seven of their last 10 games against the Rockets and are just 1-4 at the betting window in their last five games in Houston. New Orleans is also 2-5 against the spread in its last seven games overall, is 1-4-1 against the number in its last six games played on Monday, and is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games when playing an opponent with a winning record.
On the other side, the Rockets have covered the spread in seven of their last eight Western Conference games and are 7-3 against the number in their last 10 games playing on one day of rest. Finally, Houston has cashed in 11 of its last 16 games overall.
MONDAY NBA PREDICTION: HOUSTON ROCKETS -12