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Rockets-Pelicans Betting Guide: A Case for the Over/Under

Dec 29, 2018 11:58 AM EST

Photo credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: James Harden

Betting odds: Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans

  • Spread: Rockets -3
  • Over/Under: 227.5
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: NBA TV

>> All odds as of noon p.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time NBA odds and track your bets

The surging Houston Rockets will face the slipping 16-20 New Orleans Pelicans, who are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back. Are the Pels in play as a home dog? What about the over/under? Our analysts dive in.

Betting Trend to Know

The Pelicans are on a bad stretch currently, losing their last five games overall, including all four games on their road trip before finally coming through in overtime against the Mavericks last night.

After the Pelicans’ win to get off the schneid, they are now on a back-to-back at home facing the Rockets. Since Mike D’Antoni left the Suns for the Knicks back in 2008, opponents are 77-58 against the spread (57%) when facing D’Antoni on a back-to-back, profiting bettors 16.1 units. D’Antoni is the most profitable opposing coach when a team is on a back-to-back. — Evan Abrams