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2021 NBA Handicapping
(10-14) Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets (11-13)
Date: Thursday, February 11th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -1.5
NBA Betting Total O/U: 218.5
On Thursday, February 11 the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets meet for the first time this season.
In an oddity, the teams have each won 33 games all-time. Last season the teams played twice and split the series each taking one contest.
With Jimmy Butler back and most of the COVID-19 issues behind them, the Heat are finally playing up to their potential and working to get back onto the playoff ladder.
During the 10 games, Butler was out the Heat amassed a 2-8 record. Since his return, six games ago the club has registered four wins in six outings the most recent versus the Knicks for their third win in a row.
It was a defensive battle with neither team collecting 100 points and Miami prevailing defensively particularly in the final frame when they held New York to 14 points while they scored 22 points to get the 98-96 victory.
Butler led his squad with a double-double of 26 points and 10 assists plus eight rebounds. Kelly Olynyk added 20 points while Bam Adebayo contributed 19 points.
Youngsters Tyler Herro (15) and Kendrick Nunn (11) were the other double-figure contributors.
While the return of Butler is making a major impact the Heat is still dealing with numerous injuries. Goran Dragic has missed five of the past eight games including the last two with an ankle injury and won’t play Thursday.
Mo Harkless (thigh) will be a game-time decision. Avery Bradley (calf) will miss up to a month. Chris Silva (hip) remains out with no specified return date. Meyers Leonard underwent season-ending shoulder surgery.
The initial success the Rockets experienced following the James Harden trade when they went on a six-game winning streak has waned. Since then the Rockets have won a single time in their last five games.
The most recent game resulted in a 130-101 rout at the hands of the Pelicans. It extends the Rockets losing streak to three in a row. Notably, new franchise star Christian Wood has been out of action in those three losses.
John Wall is doing his best to keep the Rockets afloat while Wood is out and led the Rockets with 25 points, four rebounds, and six assists in the loss to the Pelicans.
Eric Gordon added 23 points and Jae’Sean Tate netted 13 points in the starting assignment. Danuel House Jr. (13) and Sterling Brown (11) were the other double-figure contributors.
John Wall is dealing with a tweaked ankle but is probable for Thursday. Victor Oladipo (quad) sat Tuesday, as the team is resting him in back-to-back games but should be good to go versus the Heat.
Wood is being reevaluated weekly and unlikely to play Thursday. Dante Exum (calf strain) is out until late March.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The clubs are 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- Heat are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
The Heat appears to be on a roll and determined to climb the standings and will be laser-focused to keep the win streak going. While the Rockets have offensive threats I think the Heat will lead with defense to control the game.
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