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2022 NBA Handicapping
(12-11) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets (6-17)
Date: Monday, December 5th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers -210 | Rockets +190 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -7
NBA Betting Total: 220
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Monday, December 5th finds the Philadelphia 76ers facing the Houston Rockets for the first of two scheduled matches. Philly will host the second meeting on February 13th.
Philly got the weekend off following their 109-117 loss to the Grizzlies on Friday, while the Rockets played Saturday losing 101-120 to the Warriors.
Last season, the squads played twice with Philly winning both contests and owning a current five-game win streak versus the Rockets. The 76ers hold the all-time record having bested the Rockets in 75 of their 149 matches.
Although the 76ers lost to the Grizzlies this squad has positives to draw from as they navigate the injury absences of James Harden (8-6 without him) and Tyrese Maxey (4-4 without him).
Joel Embiid is the main reason why but don’t discount the effect of De’Anthony Melton who is picking up the slack with the Sixer backcourt sidelined.
Melton offers a steady hand to run the offense and is an above-average defender. In the last eight games with both Harden and Maxey out he’s averaging 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3.0 steals.
This season, the 76ers score an average of 108.3 points per game ranking 28th. Philly shoots 47.1% from the field and 37.2% from the perimeter, ranking 12th and 10th respectively.
Defense is where the 76ers make their mark allowing the second-fewest opponent points per game with 106.6 and the best perimeter defense at 32.7% while ranking 17th for opponent field goal percentage (47.0%).
Tyrese Maxey (foot), James Harden (foot), and Jaden Springer (quad) are out indefinitely.
The game versus the Dubs was never close as Houston allowed 39 points in the first quarter while scoring just 23. That allowed Golden State to sail to an easy victory.
Kevin Porter led the scoring for Houston with 20 points and five Rockets scored in double figures. The trio of Kenyon Martin Jr., Jalen Green, and Tari Eason each scored 13 while Alperen Sengun scored 12.
Offensively, the Rockets score 110.0 points per game ranking 25th overall. Houston shoots 44.4 percent from the field which is the second-worst in the league and 34.2 percent from the perimeter ranking 20th overall.
Defensively, the Rockets allow opponents to score 116.9 points per game, ranking 27th overall. Houston’s foes shoot 48.5% ranking 27th while they are the 25th-ranked perimeter defense with foes shooting 37.0% from deep.
Jae’Sean Tate (ankle) is questionable for Monday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The 76ers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games.
- The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Houston.
- The 76ers are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games on the road.
- The Rockets are 5-14 SU in their last 19 games.
- The Rockets are 4-14 SU in their last 18 games at home.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games when hosting Philly.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games against an Eastern opponent.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
With two full days off for R and R, this should be an easy match for the 76ers, especially with the Rockets not having anyone on their roster capable of slowing Joel Embiid.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers ATS
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