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Rockets take on Wizards in hoops contest

Houston RocketsWashington Wizards
Feb 23, 7:00 PM | Verizon Center

Houston Rockets vs Washington Wizards Odds

31-26TEAM RECORD16-37

The Wizards will try to cover the spread at Verizon Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the Rockets in basketball action.

The Wizards bring a 16-37 record (33-19-1 ATS) to the battle against the 31-26 Rockets, who are 32-24-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Washington go 21-31-1 so far and the Rockets go 32-25. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Houston vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Wizards as 2-point underdogs in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 208.5 earlier at GTbets.eu.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Wizards at No. 15 and the Rockets at No. 7 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 102-96 result in favor of the Rockets.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Washington's No. 8-rated squad against Houston's No. 10-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Washington rates No. 19 in the league with 6.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 2 with 10.4 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Rockets own the league's No. 23-rated mark, allowing 102.9 points per game when playing on the road. Washington, on the other hand, rates No. 22 in scoring on their home court.

In their last action, Houston was a 106-96 winner on the road against the Nets. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (202) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Rockets got 22 points from James Harden as Houston ran past Brooklyn 106-96 on Friday at Barclays Center.

The Wizards were a 119-113 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Nuggets. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (232) made winners of OVER bettors. Washington earned a 119-113 victory over Denver on Friday, getting 17 points from Emeka Okafor at Verizon Center.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After playing Brooklyn are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Washington Wizards Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Toronto are 2-8
After playing Denver are 2-8
After a win are 5-5

A few Rockets at Wizards trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games when playing Washington
Houston is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games when playing Washington
Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games when playing Houston
Washington is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Houston home to Milwaukee, Wednesday, February 27
Washington at Toronto, Monday, February 25