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(6-3) Houston Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks (1-7)
Date: Friday November 3
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Houston -8
NBA Betting Total: 214
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Friday November 3rd the Houston Rockets arrive at Philips Arena to face the Atlanta Hawks. These are two squads expected to finish the season on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Houston undertook a fairly massive restructure adding several significant free agents and instituted a sign and trade to bring in Chris Paul.
Alternatively, Atlanta is lottery bound after watching another quality free agent (Paul Millsap) leave town with no return on investment.
Last season, the Hawks swept the Rockets and are on a current seven game win streak versus Houston. The Hawks hold the edge all-time between the opponents with a 76-74 win margin.
Despite the big acquisition of Chris Paul the Rockets have been doing their damage without his services in all but the Rockets season opener. The notorious D’Antoni lethal offense isn’t clicking at the same rate as last season.
James Harden and Eric Gordon are picking up the slack, but each has regressed in certain areas of excellence.
Harden is down in most key categories with significantly lower rebounds and free throw attempts. Gordon’s overall production is close to last season, but his perimeter efficiency has dropped from 37.2% to 31.9%.
Moreover, a combination of factors can be highlighted for the 14th ranked offense — Chris Paul’s absence, Trevor Ariza’s recent injury, several new faces to integrate and a difference in the type of players who replaced the ones who exited.
To that end, the addition of P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute along with a natural progression by Clint Capela has led to an improvement on the defensive side of the court (12th).
The hometown Hawks seem to have bought into the concept of tanking in the final season that will be an option. Clearly Atlanta was due for a restructure given their offseason moves, or rather lack of moves. Still, the Hawks regression isn’t solely based on personnel since they are also battling key injuries.
The most recent addition to the walking wounded group is Malcolm Delaney who suffered a twisted ankle in the game versus Philadelphia. He joins DeAndre Bembry (fractured wrist), Ersan Ilyasova (knee) and Miles Plumlee (quadricep) on the disabled list.
In terms of where the Hawks are heading there are copious questions to be answered. For years the Hawks had a definitive identity; Atlanta moved the ball, were a high assist team and focused on defense.
Perhaps it’s unfair to point to a lack of personality without a core Atlanta would want to build a team around. Uncertainty exists regarding the future of Dennis Schroder and only Taurean Prince appears untouchable.
The lone victory Atlanta can lay claim to was an opening night victory over the equally struggling Dallas Mavericks. And, the Hawks 7-game losing streak features one squad (Charlotte) with a winning record.
Punctuating the move away from an ironclad identity is the Hawks 27th offense and 16th assists rank. Defensively the squad rank 18th, a far cry from the squad who ranked no worse than sixth defensively the past three seasons.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Rockets are 2-4 ATS in last 6 games
- In 6 of Houston’s last 8 games the total has been under
- Hawks are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 head to head matchups
- Over Under is 5-5 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Houston Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Prediction:
Seven is the magic number tonight. More specifically, the Rockets will be keen to end the seven game win streak the Hawks have on them. Meanwhile Atlanta enters the contest on a 7-game losing streak.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets -8
Factor in the imbalance of the Rockets roster depth with an injury riddled Hawks squad for a reason to lean heavily in favor of Houston. With a far superior team this is the Rockets perfect opportunity to capitalize on the rebuilding Hawks resulting in a Rockets 113-99 victory.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Rockets 113 – Hawks 99
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