Pelicans vs Rockets Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Friday, March 17, 2023

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The New Orleans Pelicans (33-36) visit the Houston Rockets (17-52), with the matchup tipping off at 8:00 PM ET from Toyota Center on Friday, March 17, 2023. The Pelicans are 5.5-point favorites in the game. The matchup’s point total is set at 228.

How to bet Pelicans vs. Rockets

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Pelicans as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Pelicans have -220 odds to pick up the win, while the Rockets are listed at +182 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 228 points.

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Pelicans vs. Rockets Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, March 17, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSNO
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Arena: Toyota Center

Pelicans vs. Rockets Betting Trends

Against the spread, the Pelicans are 31-37-1 this year. New Orleans has come away with 20 wins in the 32 contests it has been listed as the favorite in this season. Pelicans games this year have hit the over on 35 of 69 set point totals.

The Rockets are 27-38-4 against the spread this season. Houston has won 23.1% of the games this season it was the underdog on the moneyline (15-50). Rockets games this season have gone over the total in 34 of 69 opportunities (49.3%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Pelicans Leaders
Brandon Ingram 32 22.9 5 4.8 0.7 0.4 1.5
CJ McCollum 62 21.1 4.4 6 0.9 0.5 2.8
Jonas Valančiūnas 66 14 9.5 1.7 0.2 0.5 0.5
Trey Murphy III 66 13.4 3.7 1.4 1 0.5 2.3
Josh Richardson 52 11.1 2.8 3 1.2 0.3 1.7


Rockets Leaders
Jalen Green 63 21.6 3.9 3.6 0.8 0.3 2.5
Kevin Porter Jr. 47 18.6 5.5 5.9 1.3 0.3 2.1
Alperen Sengun 63 14.7 8.7 3.9 0.9 0.9 0.2
Jabari Smith Jr. 66 12.5 7.1 1.3 0.5 0.9 1.6
Kenyon Martin Jr. 69 12.4 5.6 1.6 0.5 0.4 0.8
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Pelicans: Zion Williamson: Out (Hamstring), Jose Alvarado: Out (Lower Leg)

Rockets: Danny Green: Out (Trade Pending), John Wall: Out (Abdominal)

What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

On offense, New Orleans is posting 113.9 points per game (16th-ranked in league). It is allowing 113.5 points per contest on defense (16th-ranked). Offensively the Pelicans have performed better in home games this year, putting up 114.3 points per game, compared to 113.5 per game when playing on the road. On the offensive side of the ball, the Pelicans have struggled over their last 10 games, scoring 108.1 points per contest over that stretch compared to the 113.9 they’ve put up over the course of this season.

New Orleans is draining 10.8 treys per game (23rd-ranked in league). It owns a 35.4% shooting percentage (19th-ranked) from three-point land. In terms of shot breakdown, the Pelicans have taken 65.2% two-pointers (accounting for 74.2% of the team’s baskets) and 34.8% three-pointers (25.8%).

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What you need to know about the Houston Rockets

Houston is the second-worst team in the NBA in points scored (110.3 per game) and fourth-worst in points allowed (118.2). At home, the Rockets score 110.2 points per game. Away, they average 110.4. While the Rockets are scoring 110.3 points per game in 2022-23, they have improved that mark over their previous 10 games, tallying 114.6 a contest.

In 2022-23 Houston is 25th in the league in 3-point makes (10.7 per game) and worst in 3-point percentage (32.8%). In 2022-23, the Rockets have attempted 63.3% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 36.7% percent from beyond it. In terms of made shots, 73.6% of the Rockets’ baskets have been 2-pointers, and 26.4% have been 3-pointers.

Pelicans vs. Rockets Predictions and Pick

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