Kings vs. Rockets Prediction

NBA Picks: Rockets laying too many points as home favorite vs. Kings? 1/31/17

Are the Rockets laying too many points as a home favorite tonight against the Kings at 8:00PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Rockets are 11.5-point home favorites versus the Kings after opening as a 9.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 224 but has been bet up slightly to 224.5.

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Sacramento has dropped seven of its last 10 games and is 4-5 at the betting window over that span. The Kings' latest loss came at the hands of the 76ers on Monday, falling 122-119 as a 3-point road favorite. Despite the loss, DeMarcus Cousins went off, scoring 46 points and grabbing 15 rebounds before fouling out in the final minutes. Willie Cauley-Stein also scored a season-high 17 points.

Houston, meanwhile, is in a bit of a funk itself, losing six of 10 overall and going just 3-7 at the betting window over that span. The Rockets have also lost three of their last four, including a 120-101 decision at Indiana on Sunday as a 3-point favorite. James Harden made just 3-of-17 shots in the loss, scoring 15 points thanks to a 7-for-7 stat line at the charity strip, and also grabbed five boards to go along with eight assists and three steals.

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OUR PREDICTION: The home team is 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings between these two teams while the Kings are just 6-18 at the betting window in their last 24 games against the Rockets and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games versus Houston. The Kings have also dropped five of their last seven games against Western Conference foes, while the Rockets are 12-3 against the spread in their last 15 games coming off a loss.



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