Suns open as NBA underdog vs Rockets
Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets Odds
NBA betting interest will be piqued on Wednesday when the Suns of Phoenix hit the hard court against the Rockets of Houston.
This season the Rockets are 34-30 overall and 34-29-1 ATS against the number, while the Suns are 22-42 and 25-37-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Houston is 35-29 on the OU, and Phoenix is 28-34-2.
The visitors opened this morning as 12-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 213.5 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 12-rated Rockets and the No. 28-ranked Suns, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 105-96 result in favor of the Rockets.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 106.8 PPG, against a Suns defense that ranks No. 21 at 100.2 PPG. The Rockets field goal percentage has averaged 46.4% so far, more than the Suns shooters have achieved on the year, 44.2% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Suns own the league's No. 27-rated mark, allowing 104.3 points per game when playing on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 1 in scoring on their home court.
The Suns were a 108-93 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (201) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Suns endured a 108-93 loss at the hands of the Nuggets on Monday, despite an 18 -point effort from Wes Johnson at US Airways Center.
In their last action, Houston was a 107-105 loser on the road against the Suns. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (212) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Houston got 38 points from James Harden en route to a 107-105 loss at the hands of Houston on Saturday at US Airways Center.
Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Denver are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6
Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Minnesota are 6-4
After playing Phoenix are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2
A few Suns at Rockets trends to consider:
Phoenix is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Phoenix's last 11 games on the road
Phoenix is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games when playing Houston
Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Phoenix
Houston is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Phoenix
Phoenix at Atlanta, Friday, March 15
Houston home to Minnesota, Friday, March 15