Rockets vs. Suns Prediction
The Houston Rockets won their first game after going to extreme small ball after making a splash at the trade deadline. Can Houston keep it rolling tonight in the second end of a back-to-back?
Friday, February 7, 2020
Talking Stick Resort Arena at 9:10PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Rockets are listed as a 2-point favorite on the spread line. The total has not yet been set as of this writing. As of Friday morning, 53 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Houston. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Rockets win fourth straight
Houston posted a 121-111 win Thursday night at the Los Angeles Lakers to improve to 33-18 overall and 15-11 on the road. The Rockets outscored the Lakers 58-48 in the second half after it went into halftime tied. Russell Westbrook paced Houston as he poured in 41 points on 17-of-28 shooting including 1-of-2 from 3-point range plus 6-of-8 at the free throw line. He also registered eight rebounds and five assists. Eric Gordon tallied 15 points and two boards. James Harden accounted for 14 points, seven caroms, seven assists and two steals. Robert Covington accumulated 14 points, eight boards, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots in his first game with Houston. Danuel House Jr. recorded 13 points and three assists. P.J. Tucker added 11 points and six rebounds.
Suns drop fourth straight
Phoenix lost 116-108 Wednesday night at Detroit to fall to 20-31 overall and 11-14 on the road. The Suns were outscored 27-22 in the second half of the defeat. Kelly Oubre Jr. led Phoenix with 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting including 5-of-9 from 3-point range plus 3-of-3 at the charity stripe. He also accounted for five rebounds and two assists. DeAndre Ayton racked up 26 points, 12 boards, four assists and four blocked shots. Devin Booker tallied 22 points, seven dimes and four rebounds. Mikal Bridges added 13 points, six boards and four assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six Friday games. Houston is 4-7 ATS in its last 11 road games.
The Suns are 2-5 ATS in their last seven Friday games. Phoenix is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
Houston looked super impressive last night with a lineup featuring no player taller than 6-foot-6 as spreading the court even more opened up driving lanes for Westbrook. The Rockets were 19-of-42 from 3-point range and Covington fit in seamlessly. The back-to-back nature of this game is not ideal, but I think Houston can take advantage of a struggling Suns squad.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ROCKETS -2