Nets vs. Rockets Prediction
Is the over the best play on the board tonight when the Rockets host the Nets at 8:00PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Rockets are 14.5-point home favorites versus the Nets after opening as a 13-point favorite. As for the total, the number is sitting at 228 points after opening as low as 226.5 after some sports books.
NETS KEY TRENDS: The Nets are 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six road games, are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four road games when playing an opponent with a home winning percentage of greater than .600, and are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games played on Monday night. They're also 2-5-1 at the betting window in their last eight games versus Western Conference foes.
ROCKETS KEY TRENDS: The Rockets are 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 games playing on only one day of rest, are a perfect 7-0 against the number in their last seven games when playing a team with a losing record, and are 5-2 at the betting window in their last seven home games. Houston has also cashed in 16 of its last 21 games overall.
OUR PREDICTION: Neither of these teams play much defense. The Rockets rank 19th in defensive efficiency while the Nets rank 29th, with only the Lakers playing worse defense at the moment. But Houston can also score, ranking fourth in the league in offensive efficiency, so look for the Rockets to pour it on tonight. The over has cashed in five of the last seven meetings between these two teams in Houston and is 7-3 in the Rockets' last 10 games overall. The over has also hit in six of the Nets' last seven road games.
MONDAY NBA PREDICTION: ROCKETS/NETS OVER 228