New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets odds: Picks from computer model that's 34-18 on NBA

The New Orleans Pelicans are gunning for back-to-back victories as they travel to Houston to take on the Rockets on Monday. But Houston will be trying to increase its winning streak to a smoking-hot 10 straight as James Harden and crew tip off against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in a nationally televised matchup at 8 p.m. ET (NBATV).

The Rockets are 12-point home favorites, up two points from the opening spread. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 226.5, up from the open of 224.5.

Before picking either side, you need to read what the SportsLine Projection Model has come up with. This model would have won over 96 percent of CBS Sports NFL office pools last season and has put together a blistering 34-18 run (65 percent) on its top-rated NBA point-spread picks this season, returning over $1,400 to $100 bettors.

Now, the model has examined every matchup, every player and every trend in Pelicans-Rockets and locked in against-the-spread and over-under picks.

We can tell you that the computer has the under winning 60 percent of simulations, making the total points pick a solid one. It also has a very strong pick for one side of the spread.

Houston, which holds the best record in the league at 20-4, has won eight of its past nine contests by double digits.

The Rockers return home after a successful three-game road trip in which they defeated the Lakers, Jazz and Trail Blazers. James Harden scored 48 on Saturday night in a 124-117 victory at Portland.

Harden leads the team in scoring (32.3 points) and is shooting an impressive 41 percent from beyond the arc. He's also averaging 5.3 rebounds and is second on the team with 9.2 assists.

Bolstering the Rockets charge is point guard Chris Paul, (14.3 points, 9.8 assists) and center Clint Capela (13.1 points, 11.2 rebounds).

The 14-13 Pelicans, meanwhile, knocked off the 76ers on Sunday night, 131-124. New Orleans' leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins (26.3 points) poured in 23 to go with nine rebounds against Philadelphia.

Former Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday scored 34 points and hit five 3-pointers against his former-team Sunday.

Does Houston make it a perfect 10 led by MVP candidate Harden, or will New Orleans pull off the monster upset, or at least stay within the spread? The SportsLine Projection Model's picks are in.

So what side of Pelicans-Rockets do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread pick for Pelicans-Rockets, all from the model that has absolutely crushed the NBA, and find out.

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