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Suns open as NBA underdog vs Rockets

Phoenix SunsHouston Rockets
March 13, 8:00 PM | Toyota Center

Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets Odds

22-42TEAM RECORD34-30

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.

View Phoenix vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
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.

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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

Next up:
Phoenix at Atlanta, Friday, March 15
Houston home to Minnesota, Friday, March 15