NBA odds preview - Rockets vs. Bobcats
Houston Rockets vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds
The Bobcats will try to cover the spread at Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday when they get a visit from the Rockets in basketball action.
The Rockets will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 21-20-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bobcats are 15-25 ATS. Houston is 24-18 against the total, while Charlotte is 20-19-1 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 30-rated Bobcats and the No. 11-rated Rockets in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 103-93 win for the Rockets on Monday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Charlotte's No. 20-ranked offense (95 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 30 at 103.5 PPG. The Bobcats have averaged 42.4% from the field per game, less than the Rockets have managed so far this season (45.4% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Rockets own the league's No. 26-rated mark, allowing 103.4 points per game when playing on the road. Charlotte, on the other hand, rates No. 19 in scoring on their home court.
In their last action, Houston was a 92-79 loser on the road against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (171) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. James Harden scored 18 points in a failed effort to lead the Rockets to victory (they lost 92-79 to Minnesota at Target Center on Saturday).
Charlotte was a 97-93 loser in its last match at home against the Kings. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 190 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Charlotte got 16 points from Ramon Sessions but lost anyway 97-93 against the Kings on Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Denver are 2-8
After playing Minnesota are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7
Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing Sacramento are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7
A few Rockets at Bobcats trends to consider:
Houston is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Charlotte
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing Houston
Charlotte is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
Houston home to Denver, Wednesday, January 23
Charlotte home to Atlanta, Wednesday, January 23