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Two teams tied in the 8th place of their respective conference are clashing today, when the Washington Wizards (1-2), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the Houston Rockets (2-1), who on the other hand want to extend their current small winning streak.
Date/Time: 10-30-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Washington Wizards +8
Washington Wizards have a 1-2 record (3-0 against the spread) so far this season and are tied with three more teams in the 8th place of the East. In their last game they lost on the road against the Spurs with a 122-124 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 20.3 ppg, adding 5.7 boards and a team high 7.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Rui Hachimura with 16.3 ppg and 7.7 boards per game.
Houston Rockets have a 2-1 record (0-3 against the spread) so far this season and are sitting in the 8th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Thunder with a 116-112 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 29.3 ppg, adding 4.7 boards and 8.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 24.3 ppg and team highs both in boards with 12.7 and in dimes made with 9.7 per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once at home (Wizards by 4 in overtime and Rockets by 18). Rockets are better offensively, scoring 117.7 ppg to Wizards’ 106.3, while Wizards are better defensively, allowing 105.7 ppg to Rockets’ 117.3. Wizards have better percentages both in field goals (43.2% to 42%) and in 3-pointers (32.8% to 28.5%). Rockets on the other hand are better in boards grabbed (47.3 to 45), while Wizards are better both in dimes made (25.7 to 24.3) and in turnovers committed (14.7 to 15.7). Bookmakers give the Rockets a -8 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the hosts in this one.
Houston Rockets vs Washington Wizards Prediction: Washington Wizards +8 (-111)
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