Cavaliers vs. Rockets Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Rockets are a 5.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 229 points.
Cleveland enters with a 5-6 record following a 124-119 home win over the Bucks. Houston is 8-3 after a 137-110 home victory over the Jazz. The two meetings were split 1-1 straight up and ATS last season. The over-under also went 1-1.
The Cavaliers were led by LeBron James with 30 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the win over Milwaukee. Kevin Love contributed 32 points and 16 rebounds. J.R. Smith added 20 points. Cleveland outscored the Bucks 59-52 in the second half.
James Harden scored a career-high 56 points to go with 13 assists in 35 minutes in the win over Utah. Eric Gordon accounted for 20 points and six rebounds. Trevor Ariza scored 14 points. Houston led 67-49 at halftime.
Cleveland is 2-10 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Houston. The under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Houston.
Houston has played extremely good basketball much of the time Chris Paul has been out with injury and the blowout win over the Jazz hit on everything that has been going well. Harden was outstanding and the supporting cast did their roles. Against a Cavs team that still doesn't seem to be heading in the right direction, the smart play here is on the Rockets.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ROCKETS -5.5