3/12/2008 Houston Rockets at Atlanta Hawks Free Picks by Bill Young Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 08:05

The Houston Rockets travel to Atlanta Wednesday to take on the Hawks and Bill Young says that Atlanta will cover the spread. Oddmakers from online sportsbook Bodog opened the line at Houston –5.

Young writes: The Atlanta Hawks are 8-2 straight up in their last 10 home meetings with the Houston Rockets. The Hawks have won 3 straight home games over Houston as well. This is a scary game for the Rockets as they try to extend their winning streak to 19 games. This will be Houston’s toughest test in 8 games where they have played 7 of their last 8 contests at home. Now they hit the road against a very hungry Hawks’ squad that is fighting for their playoff lives in the Eastern Conference. Houston is 4-14 ATS after a game where they made 50% of their 3 point shots or better over the last 3 seasons. Atlanta is great defensively and will limit the open 3-point looks the Rockets have become accustomed to. The 19-game winning streak ends tonight. Take Atlanta and the points.

Public betting information currently shows that of the 3,936 wagers placed on tonight’s game, 63% of bettors like Houston -5.  

Some trends to consider for tonight’s game:

- HOUSTON is 37-25 ATS (+9.5 Units) in all games this season.

- HOUSTON is 67-45 ATS (+17.5 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.

- HOUSTON is 15-2 ATS (+12.8 Units) second half of the season this season.

- HOUSTON is 20-8 ATS (+11.2 Units) against Southeast division opponents over the last 3 seasons.

- HOUSTON is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) after a non-conference game this season.

- HOUSTON is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) in non-conference games this season.

- HOUSTON is 16-7 ATS (+8.3 Units) after a win by 10 points or more this season.

- HOUSTON is 17-6 ATS (+10.4 Units) after 3 or more consecutive wins this season.

- HOUSTON is 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.

- HOUSTON is 3-2 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons

- HOUSTON is 3-2 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons

- 3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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