Two teams sitting in and out of the top-8 of their respective conference, the Houston Rockets (34-25), are hosting the Atlanta Hawks (20-40), with both teams coming off single victories that ended their previous small losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways tonight.
Date/Time: 02-25-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -11.5
Houston Rockets have a 34-25 record (27-31-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Warriors with a 118-112 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 36.5 ppg, adding 6.7 boards and 7.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Clint Capela with 17.2 ppg and a team high 12.6 boards per game.
Atlanta Hawks have a 20-40 record (27-33 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Suns with a 120-112 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by John Collins with 19.1 ppg, adding a team high 9.5 boards per game. He is followed by Trae Young with 17.2 ppg and a team high 7.7 dimes per game.
Rockets won both meetings against the Hawks last season (at home by 19 points and on the road by 15). Rockets have a 20-9 home record, while the Hawks are 10-22 on the road. Rockets are better both offensively, scoring 113.1 ppg to Hawks’ 111 and defensively, allowing 111.1 ppg to Hawks’ 118.2. Hawks on the other hand have a better field goal percentage (45.2% to 44.6%) and both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (34.8% to 34.7%). Hawks are better both in boards grabbed (45.1 to 41.7) and in dimes made (25.4 to 20.8), while Rockets are better in turnovers committed (13.1 to 17.7). Rockets are the absolute favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -11.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home win.
Atlanta Hawks vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets -11.5 (-109)
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