Off their victory on Sunday afternoon over the Dallas Mavericks the New Orleans Hornets are on the road Monday to face the Houston Rockets in an NBA Pro Basketball contest. Tip off is scheduled at 8:35PM Eastern with TV coverage on the NBA PPV Package. The LVSC send out reveals that the home team Houston Rockets as an 8 point favorite with the over under coming in at 182 ½. This contest has significant meaning in terms of playoff positioning. The Hornets currently are in the 6th position in the Western Conference with 2 games to play. New Orleans is 2 games ahead of the Jazz who sit in the 8th seed. Any combination of 1 Hornets victory or 1 Jazz defeat would keep the Hornets out of the 8th seed to avoid a first round meeting with the LA Lakers. Utah owns the tiebreaker over New Orleans and should the Hornets and Jazz finish tied for the 8th seed the Hornets would land 8th in the Western Conference. The Houston Rockets currently sits in a three-way tie for the 3rd seed in the Western Conference with 2 to play. The 5th seed in this three-way tie would have to hit the road in round 1 of the NBA Playoffs. New Orleans is coming off a 102-92 spread covering victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday as a 4-point favorite. That was only the Hornets second victory in their past six games. The Hornets will close the season Wednesday at San Antonio. Houston is coming off 113-109 road victory over Golden St on Friday Night as a 5 ½ point closing road favorite. The Rockets have won 4 straight and have shot over 50% in three of those games. Houston has beaten New Orleans in 2 of three meetings this season. The Rockets defeated New Orleans 95-84 as a 6-point road favorite in their last meeting on March 16th. The Rockets have held the rebounding edge in 6 of their past 7 meetings. New Orleans sits 25th in the league in scoring, averaging just 96.1 points per game. The Hornets have struggled offensively as they have only averaged 42.8 first half points in their past 5 games. New Orleans is just 15-23 ATS on the road this season. The Hornets have struggled getting production from players other than Chris Paul and David West. It’s worth noting that Paul played over 44 minutes on Sunday and West 45 minutes heading into a back to back against a well rested team. Paul has logged in some heavy minutes over his past 4 games playing no less than 42 on an injury riddled Hornets team.
Trend: The Under is 6-1 in their past 7 meetings.
The Wagerline consensus has 66% of the bettors on New Orleans +8
The Wagerline consensus has 51.6 % of the bettors Over 182 1/2