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Cavaliers host Rockets in basketball action

Houston RocketsCleveland Cavaliers
Jan 5, 7:30 PM | Quicken Loans Arena

Houston Rockets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds

19-14TEAM RECORD8-26

The Cavaliers will hit the floor running against the visiting Houston Rockets on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

Cleveland will face the 19-14 Rockets, who own a 19-13-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Cavaliers are 18-16 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Rockets are 19-14 favoring the OVER.

View Houston vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Cavaliers sat as 5-point underdogs. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 210.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 26 (Cavaliers) and the No. 12 (Rockets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 103-96 result in favor of the Rockets is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland's No. 24-ranked offense, averaging 94.2 PPG, against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 29 at 103.4 PPG. The Cavaliers field goal percentage has averaged 41.8% so far, less than the Rockets shooters have achieved on the year, 45.8% per game.

Defensively, the Rockets feature the league's No. 26-rated defense on the road, giving up 104.9 points per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 in the league in scoring at home.

Houston was a 115-101 winner in its last match on the road against the Bucks. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 216 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. James Harden went off for 29 points and added 2 rebounds leading Houston over Milwaukee, 115-101, on Friday at Bradley Center.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 106-104 winner as they battled the Bobcats on the road. The Cavaliers covered in the match as a 1.5-point underdog, while 210 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Charlotte was victimized by Kyrie Irving for 33 points as the Cavaliers defeated the Bobcats 106-104 in NBA action on Friday.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing LA Lakers are 3-7
After playing Milwaukee are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Chicago are 3-7
After playing Charlotte are 4-6
After a win are 1-9

A few Rockets at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Houston is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cleveland's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Cleveland's last 16 games when playing Houston
Cleveland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
Cleveland is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games

Next up:
Houston home to LA Lakers, Tuesday, January 8
Cleveland at Chicago, Monday, January 7