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Heat close out week against Rockets

The Houston Rockets have paid out on the NBA betting lines in each of their last three games against the Miami Heat as those teams meet to close out the NBA betting week on Sunday.

Houston slipped past Miami 106-103 and paid off as a 1.5-point home favorite on the NBA odds when the teams took the floor together on March 4. Overall the Heat are just 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games against the Rockets since 2008.

The Heat sit at 44-19 (30-32-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Rockets are currently 44-21 (33-29-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Miami is 35-28 OU, and Houston is 30-33-2 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Houston Rockets vs Miami Heat Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Rockets before tip-off in this one found them as 4-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 209 at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Heat rated this week at No. 13 and the Rockets sitting at No. 3. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 100-99 result in favor of the Heat today.

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Miami lost its last outing, a 111-107 result against the Nuggets on March 14. The Heat failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point favorite, while the 218 combined points took the game OVER the total. Ray Allen scored 22 points in a failed effort to lead the Heat to victory (they lost 111-107 to Denver at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 9-ranked offense (103.92 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 17 at 101.82 PPG. The Heat have averaged 50.74% from the field per game, more than the Rockets have managed so far this season (47.29% on average).

Next up:
Houston home to Utah, Monday, March 17th
Miami at Cleveland, Tuesday, March 18th