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Two of the six best teams of each conference are clashing in this high caliber duel, when the fourth in the West Houston Rockets (23-11), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the sixth in the East Philadelphia 76ers (23-13), who also want to end their current small losing streak.
Date/Time: 01-03-2020, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -4.5
Houston Rockets have a 23-11 record (17-17 against the spread) and are sitting in the 4th place of the West. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Nuggets with a 130-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 38.2 ppg, adding 5.8 rebounds and a team high 7.5 assists per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 24.2 ppg, 7.1 assists and 8 rebounds per game.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 23-13 record (15-17-4 against the spread) and are sitting on the 6th place of the East. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Pacers with a 97-115 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 23.7 ppg, adding a team high 12.4 rebounds per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 19.4 ppg and 6.6 rebounds per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once at home (Rockets by 16 points and Sixers by 28). Rockets are 12-4 at home, while Sixers are 7-11 on the road. Rockets are better offensively, scoring 119.4 ppg to Sixers’ 109.6, while Sixers are better defensively, allowing 105.4 ppg to Rockets’ 114. Sixers have better percentages both in field goals (47% to 45.5%) and in 3-pointers (36.2% to 35.2%). Rockets on the other hand are better in boards grabbed (47.1 to 46.2) and in turnovers committed (15 to 15.4), while Sixers are better in dimes made (26.4 to 21.6). Bookmakers give the Rockets a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a below average on the road Sixers squad.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets Pick: Houston Rockets -4.5 (-110)
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