Pelicans vs. Rockets NBA Prediction: Battle 3/17

Pelicans vs. Rockets NBA Prediction: Battle 3/17

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The New Orleans Pelicans (33-36) are set to take on the Houston Rockets (17-52) in a Western Conference matchup on Friday, March 17th. Get ready for this exciting game with our in-depth analysis, including team performances, betting trends, public betting data, and our expert NBA picks. Be sure to download the iOS and Android app for even more insights and betting tips from our NBA picks experts and computer algorithms.

New Orleans Pelicans:

The Pelicans, currently 12th in the Western Conference, have struggled with consistency throughout the season. Led by CJ McCollum, who is averaging 21.1 points and six assists per game, New Orleans has shown glimpses of strong offensive play. Brandon Ingram has contributed 19.5 points and 3.8 assists per game in the last 10 outings, and the Pelicans boast a top-10 ranking in points in the paint per game. However, they have a 3-7 record in their last ten games, signifying room for improvement.

Houston Rockets:

The Rockets find themselves at the bottom of the Western Conference, with a 15th place standing. Alperen Sengun has been a bright spot, averaging 14.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. Jalen Green has contributed 2.1 made three-pointers per game over the last 10 contests. The Rockets have managed a 4-6 record in their last ten games, but their overall performance has been underwhelming, particularly on the defensive end.

Betting Trends:

The Pelicans have a 45.6% cover rate this season, while the Rockets' cover rate is slightly better at 47.3%. In division games, New Orleans has a strong 72.7% cover rate, whereas Houston's cover rate in such games is just 35.7%.

Public Betting Data:

Public sentiment leans toward the Pelicans, with 65% of bettors backing them to cover the spread. The over/under currently sits at 223.5 points, with 58% of the public betting on the over.


The Pelicans have a better overall record and a stronger offense than the Rockets. While Houston has shown some improvement recently, their defensive woes are likely to be exploited by the Pelicans' potent offense. Expect a high-scoring affair with New Orleans ultimately coming out on top.

Pick: New Orleans Pelicans (spread)

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