Free NBA Expert Picks For Tonight (Jan 26): Rockets vs Pelicans Prediction
The NBA has ten games on the board for Friday night. These ten games will lead right into an action-packed weekend. My NBA pick for January 26 is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NBA expert picks instead of paying for them.
Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans Predictions
The Rockets visit New Orleans for the first time this season on Friday night. The two teams met back in Houston earlier in the season. Houston has gone 34-12 this season, which places them second in the Western Conference. The Rockets have won four-straight coming into this matchup. The Pelicans have gone 26-21 this season. That record puts them in sixth place in the Western Conference.
The Rockets won the first game between these two teams 130-123. New Orleans was without Anthony Davis in the first game. Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore each scored over thirty points for the Pelicans. DeMarcus Cousins scored twenty-four points and pulled down fourteen boards. Clint Capela led the team with twenty-eight points. James Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordan all scored over twenty points. Harden added seventeen assists to help lead the Rockets to victory.
DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis have been arguably the greatest frontcourt in all of the NBA this season. Cousins has scored an average of twenty-five points and added thirteen rebounds per game. Davis has scored around twenty-seven points per game. He has also averaged a double-double with ten rebounds per game. Jrue Holiday is third on the team in scoring with nineteen points per game.
James Harden leads the Rockets in points per game with thirty-one. Harden also averages around nine assists per game. Chris Paul has been great for the Rockets since joining them this season. Paul has averaged nineteen points per game and nine assists. Eric Gordan has played an important role for the Rockets as well. He is averaging twenty points per game.
Houston Rockets -3 (-110) at New Orleans Pelicans +3 (-110)
The Rockets are shooting and making the most three-pointers in the league. Houston is averaging forty-three three-point shots per game and making about sixteen three-pointers. The Pelicans are going to need to play good perimeter defense on Friday night. Cousins and Davis should be able to lock down inside.
The Pelicans have been one of the best teams in assists this season. New Orleans has averaged twenty-six assists per game. The Rockets are fourth in the league in steals. Houston averages nine steals per game. The Pelicans will be looking to make good passes to limit the Rockets steal total.
This game is a possible playoff matchup. Both teams meet four times this year, so a rivalry game like this could go either way. The Pelicans only lost by seven on the road earlier in the season, but they were also without Anthony Davis. I believe that this will be a close game that the Pelicans could possibly even win. I am taking the three points in this matchup and going with New Orleans.