Preview: New Orleans At Houston

When: 8:30 PM  ET, Thursday, December 18, 2014
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Matchup Edge
NO Edge in: HOU
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The Houston Rockets look to win their fourth consecutive game when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. The Rockets have won seven of their last eight contests — including a wild 115-111 overtime victory at Denver on Wednesday — to keep pace with the Memphis Grizzlies at the top of the Southwest Division. Houston begins a stretch of three straight games at the Toyota Center and hopes to win its fourth in a row at home by avenging a 105-100 setback to the Pelicans on April 16. 

New Orleans bounced back from an emotional overtime loss to the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors with a come-from-behind victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. Anthony Davis returned from a chest injury as the Pelicans erased a double-digit deficit by scoring 41 points in the fourth quarter to move back to .500. "We've always been a team that's going to keep swinging no matter what," coach Monty Williams told reporters. "We just want to improve and keep this moving in the right direction."

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FSN New Orleans, ROOT Sports (Houston) 

ABOUT THE PELICANS (12-12): Davis wore a protective vest Tuesday, but that did not hamper his performance as he scored 31 points on 12-of-15 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Ryan Anderson came off the bench to score 28 points — including six 3-pointers — and has gone 16-of-32 beyond the arc in his last three outings. Tyreke Evans scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter versus the Jazz and is averaging 23.8 points and 5.6 assists in his last five games. 

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (19-5): James Harden poured in 41 points — including eight in overtime — to go along with 10 assists for his second straight double-double in the win over the Nuggets. Dwight Howard, who collected 24 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots Wednesday, has scored 50 points and pulled down 29 boards in two games since returning to the lineup after missing the previous 11 with a knee injury. Jason Terry missed the game against Denver to be with his wife, who is expecting their fifth child, and his status is unknown for Thursday. 

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Rockets have won seven of their last nine against New Orleans but lost the previous meeting in the 2013-14 regular-season finale. 

2. The Pelicans have lost five of their last six road games

3. Houston has scored 100 points or more in each of the last five matchups with New Orleans. 

PREDICTION: Rockets 109, Pelicans 99

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New Orleans 12-12 W1 8-3 4-9 0-1 12-11 1-3 8-9
Houston 19-5 W3 9-3 9-2 1-0 18-5 3-1 13-5

Last Meeting

New Orleans Houston
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/16/14 HOU 100 NO 105 105 42 52.4 100 41 43.2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
NO T. Evans 25 55.0 2
HOU T. Daniels 22 50.0 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
NO L. Babbitt 8 2 6
HOU D. Motiejunas 10 7 3
Assists Player  
NO T. Evans 10
HOU T. Daniels 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
NO A. Davis 674 58.3 148
HOU J. Harden 752 42.2 247
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
NO A. Davis 281 84 197
HOU T. Ariza 181 36 145
Assists Player  
NO J. Holiday 187
HOU J. Harden 182

Quickchart Matchup

New Orleans  Off vs  Houston Def
103.3 Points For
95.9 Points Against
46.4 FG%
42.6 FG%
42.8 Reb
42.4 Reb
Houston Off vs  New Orleans Def
100.3 Points For
102.6 Points Against
42.6 FG%
47.0 FG%
42.4 Reb
42.3 Reb

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
0
-110
201.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-4.5
-110
202
Sportsbook
-110
-4.5
-110
202
5Dimes.eu
-107
-4
-105
201
GTBets.eu
-110
-4
-110
201
Top Bet
-110
-4.5
-110
201.5
BetOnline.ag
-110
-4.5
-110
201.5
BetDSI
-105
-4.5
-110
202
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-108
-4
-107
202
Belmont
-110
-4.5
-110
202
BookMaker.eu
-105
-4.5
-110
202
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-4
-110
201.5
Mirage
-110
-4.5
OFF
Station
-110
-4.5
-110
202
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

New Orleans Overall Houston
12-12 W/L 19-5
13-11-0 ATS 14-10-0
16-8-0 O/U 7-17-0
103.3 Pts For 100.2
102.6 Pts Against 95.9
New Orleans A/H Houston
4-9 W/L 9-3
6-7-0 ATS 7-5-0
7-6-0 O/U 1-11-0
97.0 Pts For 96.2
102.8 Pts Against 92.5