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2021 NBA Handicapping
(44-21) Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets (16-49)
Date: Wednesday, May 5th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -11.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 225.5
On Wednesday, May 5th the Philadelphia 76ers travel to Texas to play the Houston Rockets in their second and final meeting of the 2020-21 season. In the initial meeting on February 17th, the 76ers won 118-113.
Last season, the squads played twice splitting the contests. The Rockets holds the all-time record having won 74 matches of the 146 played
The battle for the top of the Eastern Conference is heating up with the Bucks jumping into the mix to make things interesting as they beat the Nets for the second time in a week.
Meanwhile, the 76ers are taking advantage of Brooklyn and Milwaukee battling each other and bring a five-game win streak into this match.
That said, it’s been the Philly bench that is causing head coach Doc Rivers some angst heading down the stretch.
Against San Antonio, the leading scorers were Tobias Harris with 21 points and Seth Curry with 20 points. Postgame Doc Rivers discussed the lackluster effort of the starting group:
“I wasn’t happy,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “That’s two nights in a row that our bench has come in and kind of given up leads. It’s something that we can fix. They just didn’t play well.”
Joel Embiid delivered a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds with three blocks. Ben Simmons provided 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists while Danny Green scored 14 points.
Furkan Korkmaz is out with a right ankle sprain.
The Rockets are still tanking and seem to be winning once every six games almost as if they are scheduling those wins into the itinerary. The most recent was their takedown of the Bucks. Since then they’ve lost two in a row to the Warriors and the Knicks.
After this game, the Rockets have a brutal four-game road stretch versus the Bucks, Jazz, Blazers, and Lakers. On the other hand that’s a perfect lineup for a team desirous of tanking.
Christian Wood led the club scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, three assists, and a block.
Kelly Olynyk continues to fit in seamlessly since being traded at the deadline to Houston. He registered a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds plus had seven assists versus the Knicks.
Kevin Porter (14) and Kenyon Martin Jr. (13) were the other double-figure scorers.
D.J. Augustin (ankle sprain) is questionable while Danuel House Jr. (right ankle soreness) is doubtful.
John Wall (right hamstring strain), Sterling Brown (knee soreness), Dante Exum (right calf strain), Eric Gordon (groin), David Nwaba (wrist sprain), and DJ Wilson (protocols) are all out
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Rockets are 6-4 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The Rockets are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Philadelphia’s last 16 games.
- 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
Although the 76ers can fall into a habit of playing down to lesser competition they’ll net this win and Rivers will likely deliver a pregame speech to his bench about using this outing to get them rolling offensively.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers ATS
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