Two teams sitting on the top-4 places of their respective conference are clashing in this high caliber duel, when the fourth in the West Houston Rockets (11-6), looking to end their current losing streak, are hosting the 2nd in the East Miami Heat (12-4), who on the other hand have lost only once in their last 7 games.
Date/Time: 11-26-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -5.5
Houston Rockets have a 11-6 record (8-9 against the spread) and are tied with two more teams in the 4th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Mavericks with a 123-137 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 37.9 ppg, adding 6.1 boards and a team high 8 dimes per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 22.2 ppg, 6.8 dimes and 7.5 boards per game.
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Miami Heat have a 12-4 record (12-3-1 against the spread) and are tied with two more teams in the second place of the East. They have won six of their last seven matches and in their last game they won at home against the Hornets with a 117-100 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Jimmy Butler with 18.9 ppg, adding 5.4 boards and a team high 6.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Kendrick Nunn with 16.9 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Heat won at home with a 129-100 score. Rockets are 6-2 at home, while the Heat are 5-4 on the road. Rockets are better offensively, scoring 118.2 ppg to Heat’s 111.1, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 104.3 ppg to Rockets’ 115.1. Heat have better percentages both in field goals (48.1% to 44.4%) and in 3-pointers (38.8% to 33.3%). Rockets on the other hand are better both in boards grabbed (47.3 to 44.2) and in turnovers committed (15 to 17.8), while Heat are better in dimes made (25.9 to 21.3). Bookmakers give the Rockets a -5.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as the red-hot guests will surely force a closer game than that.
Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Miami Heat +5.5 (-108)
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