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Rockets face Suns: NBA odds preview

Houston RocketsPhoenix Suns
March 9, 9:00 PM | US Airways Center

Houston Rockets vs Phoenix Suns Odds

34-29TEAM RECORD21-41

Houston pays a visit to Phoenix on Saturday, hoping to send the Suns to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at US Airways Center.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Suns are 21-41 so far on the season, and 24-36-2 ATS vs. the number. The Rockets, meanwhile, are 34-29 and 34-28-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Phoenix go 27-33-2 and the Rockets go 34-29 on the totals.

View Houston vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Suns as 7-point underdogs in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 211.5 earlier at GTbets.eu.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Suns at No. 28 and the Rockets at No. 11 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 105-96 result in favor of the Rockets.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 94.5 PPG, against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 29 at 103.6 PPG. The Suns field goal percentage has averaged 44.2% so far, less than the Rockets shooters have achieved on the year, 46.5% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Rockets own the league's No. 23-rated mark, allowing 103 points per game when playing on the road. Phoenix, on the other hand, rates No. 28 in scoring on their home court.

Houston was a 94-88 winner in its last match on the road against the Warriors. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 182 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Houston got 26 points from Chandler Parsons en route to a 94-88 victory over Golden State on Friday at Oracle Arena.

The Suns were a 121-112 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Kings. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (233) made winners of OVER bettors. Phoenix suffered a 121-112 loss against Sacramento on Friday, getting 24 points from Michael Beasley in a losing effort at Power Balance Pavilion.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Phoenix are 4-6
After playing Golden State are 2-8
After a win are 4-6

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Denver are 7-3
After playing Sacramento are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

A few Rockets at Suns trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Houston's last 13 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Phoenix's last 14 games at home
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing Houston
Phoenix is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston home to Phoenix, Wednesday, March 13
Phoenix home to Denver, Monday, March 11