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(21-7) Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns (8-20)
Date: Wednesday December 21
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 223
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Wednesday night NBA sees two of the most one-dynamic teams in the league face off. This matchup between the Houston Rockets and the Phoenix Suns is going to feature a lot of offense, no defense and a whole lot of points as a result.
*All statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 12:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
The Houston Rockets enter this game against Phoenix as the No. 2 offense in the NBA in terms of scoring. The team is putting up 113.1 points per contest.
The beautiful thing about Houston’s offense is that it’s not merely about pace. The team is ninth in terms of pace, which while impressive isn’t elite.
Its offensive efficiency, however, is tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers for third in the league.
Defensively is where this team struggles. On the season, Houston is 20th in terms of points per game allowed, giving up 105.8 on a nightly basis.
Defensive efficiency is better, at 14th in the NBA, which is why the one-sided approach hasn’t been a disaster up to this point in the process.
Like Houston, Phoenix is a high-scoring offensive juggernaut. The team scores 106.4 per game, which puts them in the top 10 in that category.
Unlike Houston, this group’s high scoring comes from its pace, not its efficiency. So far this season, the Suns are second in pace behind only the Brooklyn Nets, but only 24th in offensive efficiency.
Imagine what this group would do if it could keep the pace while improving the efficiency.
On defense, Phoenix is the second-worst team in the league in terms of points allowed. It gives up 113 points on a nightly basis, and it is 24th in defensive efficiency.
Against Houston, the hope has to be simply outscoring another subpar offense. There’s virtually no chance the defense steps up against James Harden and crew, meaning we should have a high-scoring affair on our hands Wednesday night.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Rockets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games.
- Suns are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Suns are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
Phoenix has two luxuries in this contest: home-court advantage and having rested the night before.
The problem? Those likely won’t matter against a Houston team that is on absolute fire right now.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets ATS
Give this one to the Rockets, and give it to them in a high-scoring, yet lopsided victory.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston Rockets 124 – Phoenix Suns 110
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