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(30-22) Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns (11-43)
Date: Monday, February 4th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 229½
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The Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets are on opposite ends of the competitive spectrum (although the Rockets are still a long way from earning the No. 1 seed like they did last year), meaning the straight up result really shouldn’t be in question here.
The Rockets should come away with the victory, but the question is: Can they cover the eight-point spread on the road?
The Rockets are still without Clint Capela, but they’ve been getting great production from newcomer Kenneth Faried. The forward is posting 16.4 points and 9.6 rebounds during his time with Houston, and he’s coming off a good game in which he recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds in just 20 minutes against the Utah Jazz.
Against the Suns, the Rockets need to get out and push the pace, but they need to do it efficiently. Giving up quick possession—or worse: turnovers—is the ultimate way to keep an inferior opponent in the contest.
James Harden is going to have the ball in his hands all game, and while he can certainly be turnover prone, he’ll have a guard on the other side looking to take advantage of any and every time he turns over the rock.
That guard opposite of Harden would be Devin Booker. DeAndre Ayton is going to be a big presence to keep an eye on (he’d be rookie of the year in most years, but Luka Doncic is the runaway ROTY this season), but in this one, it’s all about Booker vs. Harden.
Like Harden, Booker needs to keep control of the ball. After all, when you’re a heavy underdog the last thing you can afford to do is give the rock away.
But beating Houston goes beyond that. You have to force them into uncomfortable shots by playing physically and you have to make players other than Harden shoot the ball.
If the Suns can do that, they stand a good chance at getting a win ATS. But that’s an easier-said-than-done kind of task.
NBA Betting Trends:
- HOU are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Under is 11-4 in HOU last 15 Mon. games.
- Over is 7-3 in HOU last 10 games as a favorite.
- Under is 7-1 in PHO last 8 vs. NBA Southwest.
- PHO are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- Over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Phoenix.
- Over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
The Suns don’t want to win games. They want to improve their positioning in the draft this June, and the only way they do that is with a loss—especially against teams they have no business winning, like the Rockets.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Rockets ATS
The Rockets should get this one, and it shouldn’t even be close.
Both teams win as far as their goals at the end of the season goes.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston Rockets 125 – Phoenix Suns 105
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