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Rockets Have Been Laughing Off Back-to-Back Situations

Having their 10-game win streak snapped by the Spurs last night had to be an emotional letdown but what we learned during the Rockets’ surge is that they are capable of competing with the best teams in the West and that they’ve joined the NBA’s elite. Mike D’Antoni and his arsenal of 3-point shooters will look to put their two-point home loss to San Antonio behind them by improving their record in the second half of back-to-backs this season to 6-0 when they take on the Suns in Phoenix.

SHARK BITES
  • The Rockets are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games against the Suns.
  • The Rockets are 14-0 SU in their last 14 games against teams with losing records.
  • The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games with no days off between games.

Well, it doesn’t take a Rockets scientist to analyze these trends. Houston opened as the 5-point favorite against the setting Suns and it had been bet up to 6.5 at the time this was written. The boys from H-Town have thrived in back-to-back situations and the Suns have been bad in, well, pretty much every situation.

It would be a massive shocker if the Rockets didn’t win tonight and I’d also be surprised if they failed to cover a pretty reasonable spread. Houston’s high-test offense has been burning the roof off every building it's played in and the Talking Stick Resort Arena is likely to become the Rockets’ next victim.

Both these teams score a lot and play pretty half-assed defense. A bet on the OVER tonight probably won't qualify you for the nuthouse.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Phoenix Suns installed as 5-point underdogs in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 224.5.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Rockets to win this game 117-104. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Houston Rockets vs Phoenix Suns Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Phoenix Suns sit at 8-20 (13-15 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Houston Rockets are currently 21-8 (19-10 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Phoenix is 17-7 OU and Houston is 13-12 OU. This season the Phoenix Suns are 8-20 overall and 13-15 ATS against the number, while the Houston Rockets are 21-8 and 19-10 ATS. As for the totals, Phoenix is 17-7 on the OU, and Houston is 13-12. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Phoenix vs Houston injuries news.

According to the betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 25-rated Phoenix Suns and the No. 2-rated Rockets in this NBA basketball matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Phoenix's No. 9-ranked offense (106.36 PPG) against a Houston Rockets defense that ranks No. 19 at 105.66 PPG. The Phoenix Suns have averaged 44.03% from the field per game, less than the Houston Rockets have managed so far this NBA season (46.45% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

James Harden went off for 36 points and added 8 rebounds leading Houston to a 122-118 win over Brooklyn on Monday at Toyota Center.

Eric Bledsoe was dynamite, scoring 32 points and adding 3 rebounds but New Orleans still won, 120-119, over Phoenix on Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games
  • Houston is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
  • Houston is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • Phoenix is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Phoenix is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Phoenix's last 11 games
  • Phoenix is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Memphis, Friday, December 23rd
Phoenix home to Philadelphia, Friday, December 23rd

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