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)
NBA Picks and Predictions: NBA Tip-Off for Friday, January 3, 2020, Joe Raineri, Dr. Chuck, Rob Veno and Tony Finn breakdown the basketball card for Friday night from a sports betting perspective and share some of their personal NBA picks and predictions for tonight.
Furthermore check out my other Free Picks here:
Current NBA Championship Odds from Vegas
Looking for more betting tips and handicapping theory?
? Never miss an episode by the WagerTalk team by subscribing on:
Have an Amazon Alexa and want to listen to the latest WagerTalk TV videos from tonight? Ask Alexa ! Say “Alexa, enable Spreaker” and to start listening simply say “WagerTalk” when asked what you want to listen to!
Or you can say: “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play WagerTalk Podcast.” To subscribe to WagerTalk Podcast say: “Alexa, ask AnyPod to subscribe to WagerTalk Podcast.”
Have a Google Home and want to listen to the latest WagerTalk Podcast when it comes out this week? Say “Hey Google, play the WagerTalk Podcast!”
Latest Betting Odds and Public Action
Some of the top Vegas and offshore sportsbooks odds are updated in real time and we also provide who the public is on.
Last Minute Handicapping Advice
Check out our extensive library of handicapping tips and advice from professional Vegas handicappers (we also recommend taking the time to look over our handicapping video library)
Want an expert opinion?
Check out the daily offering of Best Bets from the WagerTalk Handicapping Team (we also suggest checking out the Pick Your Team Program). Also, remember, you can save up to 60% on daily packages with WagerBuxx Plans
WagerTalk Text Club is FREE and includes FREE PICKS and Exclusive Discounts. Just text WAGERTALK to 33222 and get a $10.00 coupon just for signing up!
And make sure to bookmark all the above!