The New Orleans Hornets look to inch closer to the Houston Rockets in the West as the two clash tonight. The Hornets sit a half game back from the Rockets in the Southwest Standings and in the Western Conference playoff hunt. The New Orleans Hornets (41-24) host the Houston Rockets (43-25) for some slammin jammin NBA action. NBA oddsmakers at SBGglobal.com have the Hornets as -3 ½ point home favs over the Rockets with the over/under set at 182 points. Get your New Orleans Hornets vs Houston Rockets NBA Free Pick in now at SBGglobal.com
The Rockets recently lost to the Spurs 85-88 at home. Their top producers on the night were Ron Artest with 21pts 9 rebounds, while Yao Ming and Aaron Brooks each added 18pts and Luis Scola had 10pts. The Rockets, losers of two of three since winning 11 of 13, may have a tough time getting on track offensively at New Orleans. They averaged 74.0 points and shot 35.1 percent from the field in losing their last two road games against the Hornets. All of Houston's starters shot under 50 percent in an 88-79 defeat at New Orleans Arena on Dec. 26 and Yao Ming had a game-high 21 points for Houston in the November meeting. The Rockets are 16-17 SU on the road where they average 97.2 ppg and give up an average 97.9 ppg. They are 3-2 SU in their last five road games where they’ve averaged 97.8 ppg and given up an average 96.2 ppg.
The Hornets recently lost to the Bulls 79-97 on the road. Their top scorers were Chris Paul with 29pts, while David West added 10pts and Tyson Chandler had an off night with a low 4pts. New Orleans was particularly bad from 3-point range, missing all 11 attempts. It was the first time the Hornets failed to make a shot from beyond the arc since March 1, 2006, against the Los Angeles Clippers. Star point guard Chris Paul had a tough game for the Hornets, going 2-for-10 and finishing with 12 points in their last tilt against the Rockets. The Hornets played their sixth straight game without veteran forward Peja Stojakovic (back), who hopes to return Monday. He's averaged 23.4pts in his previous eight games against New Orleans. The Hornets are 23-9 SU at home where they average 96.9 ppg and give up an average 90.8 ppg. They are 5-0 SU in their last five home games where they’ve averaged 102.8 ppg and given up an average 88.8 ppg.
Recent Trends to Consider:
- Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
- Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
- Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans.
- Rockets are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
- Rockets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans.
- Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Rockets are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss.
New Orleans Hornets vs Houston Rockets NBA Free Pick
When: Mon, Mar 16, 2009 8:00 PM ET
Pick: Rockets +3 ½
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