The Houston Rockets have covered the posted spread on the NBA odds at the sportsbooks in eight of their last 10 games against the Atlanta Hawks heading into their matchup in Texas on Monday.
Houston is 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS over its past 10 games against Atlanta, which includes a 109-102 Rockets road win over the Hawks as a 5.5-point underdog back on November 2. Three of the past four games between the teams have turned into OVER results.
Houston battles the Hawks, currently with a 19-9 mark (12-15-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 17-13 for the Rockets and 14-13-1 for the Hawks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Rockets, currently No. 12 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Hawks, who rate No. 13 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 103-102 victory for the Hawks.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 105.3 PPG, against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 7 at 95 PPG. The Rockets field goal percentage has averaged 45.2% so far, less than the Hawks shooters have achieved on the year, 45.6% per game.
Defensively, the Hawks feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, giving up 91.8 points per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the league in scoring at home.
The Hawks were a 109-100 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Pacers. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (209) made winners of OVER bettors. Lou Williams scored 21 points and chipped in with 12 assists for Atlanta on Saturday, leading the Hawks to a 109-100 victory over Indiana at Philips Arena.
In their last action, Houston was a 124-94 loser at home against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (218) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Houston was run off the court by the Thunder on Saturday as Oklahoma City blasted them 124-94 at Toyota Center.
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing New Orleans are 8-2
After playing Indiana are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing New Orleans are 3-7
After playing Oklahoma City are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Hawks at Rockets trends to consider:
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
Houston is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
Atlanta at New Orleans, Tuesday, January 1
Houston home to New Orleans, Wednesday, January 2