Rockets vs. Wizards Prediction
The Wizards are just 1-4 on the year but are they a good play tonight as a small home favorite versus the Rockets at 7:00PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Wizards are 1.5-point home favorite versus the Rockets while the over/under currently sits at 217 points. While the side hasn’t moved, the total opened at 218 before dropping to 217 at the majority of online and Vegas sports books.
ROCKETS KEY TRENDS: Houston has failed to cover the spread in four of its last five games coming off a loss of more than 10 points and is just 1-6 at the betting window in its last seven games when taking on opponents from the Southeast Division. That said, the Rockets are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games versus the Wizards in Washington while the road team has covered in 17 of the last 22 meetings between these two teams.
WIZARDS KEY TRENDS: Despite opening the season at 1-4, the Wizards are 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games. They’re also 4-1 against the number in their last five games when playing on one day of rest and have cashed in five of their last six home games versus a team with a losing road record. That said, they’re just 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games versus Western Conference opponents.
OUR PREDICTION: The Wizards’ struggling offense will get a boost tonight from a fresh John Wall, who had a scheduled night off on X. Wall is averaging 22 points and 10 assists in his first four games of the season and should lift a Washington team that has seen its scoring average dip to 97.2, which is 26th in the NBA. The Wizards have played well at home (as evidence by their 4-1 ATS home mark) and benefit from taking on a Rockets team that is likely road-weary with this being its fourth straight game away from Houston since the start of the month.
MONDAY NBA FREE PICK: WASHINGTON WIZARDS -1.5