NBA Betting: Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans

NBA Betting:  Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans

Wednesday NBA betting action features a Western Conference matchup in the ‘Crescent City’ between the home town New Orleans Pelicans and the visiting Houston Rockets. The Rockets were one of the most active teams in the offseason with their biggest acquisition being center Dwight Howard to go along with Jeremy Lin and James Harden. They haven’t exactly run roughshod over the rest of the league but they are in the competitive mix in a very tough Western Conference. The Pelicans haven’t had as much success to go with their new name–they had previously been known as the ‘Hornets’ which dating back to their origin in Charlotte, NC–but they’ve been dealing with a series of injuries to key personnel.

It’s never easy to play on a team in the midst of a long losing streak but that’s exactly what we’re going to do in this game. The Hornets…er…Pelicans enter this contest having lost six straight games but there are some signs of hope. They have covered their last two which suggests one of two things: their play is improving, linesmakers are starting to overcompensate their valuation excessively or a combination thereof. In any case, it works in our favor here.

Much of our handicap, however, is against Houston and more specifically the scheduling spot in which they find themselves. Houston has been playing very well of late, winning seven of their last 10 games. That hasn’t translated into pointspread success, however, as they’re just 4-4-2 ATS during that run. This will be a tough game for them to get ‘up’ for facing a Pelicans team that won’t provide any intrinsic motivation at the end of a four road game in six days stretch. More significantly, they’ve got a huge lookahead game on deck tomorrow as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on national television. New Orleans has a winning home record despite their recent struggles and catch the Rockets in a vulnerable situational spot. We’ll take the points and won’t be surprised to see the Pelicans end their losing streak with the outright upset of a distracted Rockets’ team looking ahead to their national TV matchup.