Houston vs New Orleans: prediction for the NBA match
Rockets finally managed to improve their results. Team is looking good in recent matches, but hosts are still near the bottom at the Western conference because of a terrible start.
Houston managed to record five consecutive victories, those results surprised everyone, because it happened for the first time in the season. Victories over Chicago (118:113) and Charlotte (146:143) were pretty impressive, team showed mental toughness in those matches. Even Rockets themselves are probably surprised with their performance, but so far they are far even from the play-in zone.
New Orleans Pelicans
Pelicans are not too far from the Rockets, they are the third team from the bottom of the Western conference. Team is unable to compete against stronger teams of the league, but Stan Van Gundy has a relatively good squad. Head coach is heavily criticized and for the most part he deserved it.
In the previous match New Orleans recorded an away victory over Dallas, which became a real sensation. Visitors got off to a slow start of the match and it seemed like the Mavericks will get advantage of it, but Pelicans managed to step up and eventually beat the opponent (107:91). Brandon Ingram became an MVP of the match, putting up a double-double.
In four out of five most recent matches Rockets managed to beat the total
In four out of five most recent head-to-head matches team managed to beat the total
Houston satisfied team's fans with a performance in recent matches. After a string of five consecutive victories it looks like nothing is over for the Rockets, but Silas' men still have many problems.
New Orleans look bleak without Zion Williamson, but Brandon Ingram is trying to carry the team on his shoulders. Pelicans are decent on away matches, especially against the Rockets, so Pelicans have deserved a favourite status in this match.
Our prediction - New Orleans to win (Including OT)
Rockets showed no mercy to their opponents in five previous matches, so we don't think that they will change the strategy in this match. Pelicans are trying to play aggressively as well, so we think that we will see a high-scoring game.
Our second bet is on total over 217 points