Two teams sitting on mirror sides of the Western Conference table are clashing today, when the Houston Rockets (34-13), who want to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the Phoenix Suns (17-32), who are looking to end yet another losing streak.
Date/Time: 01-28-2018, 15:30 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -13.5
Rockets have a 34-13 record (23-23-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. In their last game they saw a four-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Pelicans with a 113-115 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 31 ppg, adding 4.8 rebounds and a team high 9 assists per game. He is followed by Eric Gordon with 19.6 ppg, while Chris Paul adds 19.5 ppg and 8.7 assists per game.
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Rockets have won both meetings against the Suns this season, both of them on the road by an average of 21.5 points. Rockets are 18-6 at home so far this season, while Suns are 9-15 on the road. Rockets are better both offensively, scoring a second-best 114.1 ppg to Suns’ 104.9 and defensively, allowing 106.5 to Suns’ league-low of 112.1. Rockets also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46% to Suns’ third-worse of 44.2% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.5% to Suns’ second-worse of 34%. They are also better in assists made, with 22.3 to Suns’ 21.1 and in turnovers committed (14.7 to 15.8), while Suns are only better in rebounding, grabbing 44.4 to Rockets’ 43.8. Rockets are the absolute favorite and have already won twice with big deficits. Vegas odds give them a -13.5 spread which they are expected to beat for an easy home victory.
Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets -13.5 (-107)