Free NBA Pick: 76ers vs Rockets Lines
Looking for Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Sixers taking on the Rockets on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(1-8) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets (5-4)
Date: Monday, November 14
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center – Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: -110
NBA Betting Odds: HOU -10
NBA Betting Total: 216.5
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Neither the Philadelphia 76ers nor the Houston Rockets have looked great this season, but there’s a clear difference in which tier these two teams lie at this point in the process.
Houston, with a new coach leading the way, is sub-.500 and looking to prove it can simply outscore opponents without having to play a lick of defense.
Philly, as fun as it’s been to watch thus far with its young roster, just got its first win of the year eight games into the season and followed it up with a 117-96 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
These two face off Monday night in Houston.
Philly really is a fun team to watch. Joel Embiid has been everything as advertised. His low-post moves have resembled all-time great Hakeem Olajuwon, he’s becoming a defensive menace and he can spread the floor with an ultra-efficient three-point shot.
He’s also allergic to passing, which means you know he’s going to get his throughout any given contest.
The problem is that the Sixers simply aren’t winning. At 1-8, “entertainment value” only keeps fans engaged for so long.
For Philadelphia to have a chance against the Rockets, the defense must step up. Houston gives up 106.7 points per contest — only good enough for 20th in the league — so you know you’re going to score against the defense.
The problem for opponents is that the Rockets are scoring 107 points per contest, which is good enough to tie for ninth in the Association.
While 107 points per game is good, it’s not elite by any means. The Rockets will allow you to outplay them, as they’ve shown this year.
Don’t worry about your offense, if you’re the Sixers. That will come with ease. Worry about containing anybody not named James Harden, as it’s the role players who are the X-factors when you know The Beard is going to push for 30 points and 10 assists.
When you’re playing Philly (or any awful team), one key point of emphasis is ball control. You can’t give a bad team extra possessions/extra opportunities.
As good as Harden is — great evev when it comes to making plays and scoring the basketball — he’s a turnover machine. He’s coughing up the ball 5.4 times per contest, which is “good enough” for last place in the NBA.
The Rockets as a whole are 26th in turnovers this season.
The other thing you have to accomplish against the 76ers is stopping the role players from getting comfortable. At this point in Philly’s process, Embiid is a clear No. 1 option. As previously mentioned, he’s going to get his on a nightly basis.
But we’ve seen thus far that Philadelphia running The Embiid Show hasn’t resulted in wins this season.
Let the star rookie get his numbers, and you’ll still be fine. Let the other pieces get involved and that’s where you’re forced to make up the difference with your own offense.
NBA Betting Trends:
- 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- 76ers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Rockets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
Let’s not overthink this one. True, the Rockets have struggled with consistency and stopping opposing offenses…but the Sixers have struggled in virtually every aspect of their 1-9 start to the season.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: HOU ATS
Houston should get this win at home, and get it by a large margin.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston Rockets 118 – Philadelphia 99
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