CJ McCollum and the New Orleans Pelicans (33-37) will look to fend off Jalen Green’s Houston Rockets (18-52) on March 19, 2023. The Pelicans are a 5.5-point favorite.
The Pelicans have an 8-8 record against the spread this season when favored by 5.5 points or more.
When they have played as at least 5.5-point underdogs this year, the Rockets are 22-29-3 against the spread.
So far this season, New Orleans has put together a 31-38-1 record against the spread.
The Rockets are 28-38-4 ATS this season.
The Pelicans have a +28 scoring differential, putting up 113.9 points per game (16th in the league) and giving up 113.5 (16th in the NBA).
The Pelicans rank 14th in the NBA at 43.5 rebounds per game. That’s 1.1 more than the 42.4 their opponents average.
New Orleans hits 10.8 three-pointers per game (24th in the league) at a 35.5% rate (19th in the NBA), compared to the 12.3 per contest its opponents make while shooting 34.1% from beyond the arc.
The Pelicans’ 111.1 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 20th in the NBA, and the 110.7 points they allow per 100 possessions rank ninth in the league.
The Pelicans’ offense has been much better when playing at home (114.3 PPG) compared to their play on the road (113.4 PPG). Similarly, their defense has been much better at home (110.2 PPG allowed) when compared to away games (116.8 PPG allowed).
The Rockets put up 110.4 points per game (29th in league) while giving up 118.1 per contest (27th in NBA). They have a -541 scoring differential and have been outscored by 7.7 points per game.
The 46.6 rebounds per game Houston accumulates rank fourth in the NBA, 5.2 more than the 41.4 its opponents pull down.
The Rockets knock down 10.7 three-pointers per game (26th in the league), 3.9 fewer than their opponents.
The Rockets average 107.1 points per 100 possessions on offense (30th in league), and concede 116.3 points per 100 possessions (28th in NBA).
At home, Houston scores 110.3 points per game. On the road, it scores 110.4.
McCollum leads active Pelicans’ players in points and assists per game, scoring 21 points and distributing 6 assists.
Jonas Valanciunas’ averages this season are 14.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
The Pelicans get 2.8 three-pointers per game out of McCollum.
Herbert Jones averages 1.7 steals per game, while Valanciunas has 0.6 blocks per contest.
Green racks up 21.7 points per game. He also adds 3.9 rebounds per outing and 3.6 assists per contest.
Alperen Sengun has per-game averages of 14.7 points, 3.8 assists and 8.8 rebounds this season.
Green hits 2.5 threes per game.
The Rockets’ defensive efforts get a boost from Tari Eason’s 1.1 steals and Jabari Smith Jr.’s one block per game.
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