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Howard Set to Return to Toyota Center

Dwight Howard’s time in Houston was tumultuous, to say the least, and the big man can expect a less than kind reception when he makes his grand return to the Toyota Center on Thursday. Oddsmakers initially set the Hawks as 9-point underdogs with an OVER/UNDER of 222.

Shark Bites
  • The Hawks are 4-19 SU in their last 23 games on the road against the Rockets.
  • The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against teams with winning records.
  • The Hawks are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games on the road.

Howard, who signed a three-year, $70.5-million free-agent deal with the Hawks in the offseason, recorded 20 points and 15 boards in Atlanta’s 112-97 home victory over the Rockets on November 5. The 31-year-old has already recorded 31 double-doubles in the 2016-17 campaign after having 38 in his final season in Houston last year.

The Rockets’ main weapon, James Harden, is dealing with a knee injury right now and has gone 6-for-26 from the field over the past two games but told reporters on Wednesday he expects to play tonight. The MVP front-runner has averaged only 12.5 points per game in that span as a result.

OVER bettors have been profiting when the Hawks have played lately, as five of Atlanta’s last six have gone OVER the total.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Atlanta Hawks listed as 9-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 222 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 119-107 result in favor of the Rockets today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Atlanta Hawks vs Houston Rockets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Rockets sport a record of 36-16 and 30-22 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Atlanta Hawks sit at 28-21 and 24-25 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 27-24-1 for the Houston Rockets and 22-26-1 for the Atlanta Hawks. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Atlanta injuries news.

The betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 17-rated Atlanta Hawks taking on the No. 4-rated Houston Rockets in this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Atlanta Hawks rank No. 12 in the league with 43.94 per game. That compares with Houston's No. 11 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Houston is the NBA's No. 1-ranked team at 14.44 per game, while the Atlanta Hawks rate No. 21 with 9 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Atlanta was run off the court by the Heat on Wednesday as Miami blasted them 116-93 at American Airlines Arena.

The Rockets blew out Sacramento on Tuesday, running up the score in a 105-83 win at Toyota Center.

Betting Trends
  • Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Atlanta is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games
  • Atlanta is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
  • Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games
  • Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Atlanta home to Orlando, Saturday, February 4th
Houston home to Chicago, Friday, February 3rd

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