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Tips For Betting On Rockets Hornets – Rockets Need To Find Answers Quickly

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/23/2013 6:11:38 PM

The Houston Rockets were sailing along at an earlier point in this season, but now they've hit decidedly choppy waters. They have to stabilize their ship in very short order.

Houston Rockets @ New Orleans Hornets – Friday, January 25
Sport betting line: No line

Why Houston Will Win

When the best online betting sites size up this game, they will have to concede that most factors point to a New Orleans win, but there's certainly a case to be made for Houston as well. The main thing to emphasize is that the Rockets have faced the Hornets two times earlier this month. That's a very irregular thing to notice in an NBA schedule, but yes, Houston and New Orleans will wind up playing three times within the same calendar month.

The Rockets won in Houston on Jan. 2, and the Hornets won the second January clash on the ninth of the month in the Big Easy. The fact that these teams are meeting for the third time in 24 days should help Houston, which is generally the better team, even though the Hornets have played much better in the month of January. Seeing the Hornets' sets will familiarize the Rockets with New Orleans' offense.

The Hornets have guard Eric Gordon back in the fold, and Gordon was a part of the Jan. 9 victory over Houston, which should be able to game plan in such a way that it can minimize Gordon's impact on the proceedings. If these teams were playing each other cold – not having seen each other in a month or seven weeks – Houston would have been in a much worse position, because it would not have seen first-hand how much New Orleans has improved in January. With three meetings in 24 days, though, the Rockets can defuse the Hornets' halfcourt offense and get the defensive performance they've been missing in recent weeks.

Why New Orleans Will Win

This is not high-stakes poker, but the Hornets are playing as though they have a lot to lose. This team was once 7-24, but it is desperately fighting for every scrap of success it can attain. The Hornets, propelled in part by the aforementioned return of Eric Gordon to their lineup, have won seven of nine games to race upward in the Western Conference standings.

The Hornets have regained the services of a talented player who – instructively – has a fresh set of legs, unlike most NBA players in the final week of January. Gordon's presence on the floor has made the Hornets better at both ends of the floor. New Orleans has, in this prosperous nine-game stretch, won games by scores of 114-105 and 111-99, but it has also won games by scores of 90-78, 88-79, and 95-88. This team is getting it done in all facets of play; it doesn't have the feel of a team that is getting lucky. This squad is getting better.

Meanwhile, Houston has lost seven of its last eight. The Rockets still lead the Hornets by seven games in the standings, but the Hornets have been a far better team of late. Houston's defense has hemorrhaged recently, surrendering 100 points or more in eight January games. The Rockets lack the commitment at the defensive end that any playoff team needs.

Who Will Win

This is a game in which New Orleans is a two-pronged team, one that can win at either end of the floor. The Rockets can only win on offense. Pick the red-hot Hornets here.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: New Orleans

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