Nets vs. Rockets Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Rockets are listed as an 18-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 227 points.
Brooklyn comes in at 7-12 overall and 12-7 ATS after a 98-88 victory at the Grizzlies. Houston is 15-4 overall and 11-8 ATS following a 117-102 home victory over the Knicks, its fourth win in a row and 10th in 11 games. The Rockets went 2-0 straight up and 1-1 ATS in two meetings last season. The over went 2-0.
The Nets were paced by Demarre Carroll with 24 points and six rebounds in the win at Memphis. Trevor Booker contributed 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists off the bench. Joe Harris added 13 points and six rebounds. The game was tied 47-47 at halftime before Brooklyn outscored the hosts 32-18 in the third quarter.
In the win over New York, the Rockets were led by James Harden with 37 points and 10 assists. Ryan Anderson tallied 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Trevor Ariza added 16 points. Houston trailed by three at halftime, but outscored the Knicks 37-13 in the third quarter.
Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Houston.
The Nets play run-and-gun basketball and typically keep games competitive, so this might not be as much of a blowout as oddsmakers suggest. But even if it is, Houston should pile up the points as usual and Brooklyn should do enough while playing from behind to send this over the total.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NETS/ROCKETS OVER 227