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UNDERs the Story When Cavs Travel to Houston

The Houston Rockets endured a bit of a bumpy start to the year but have hit their stride of late thanks to three straight wins ahead of Thursday’s matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs have had plenty of struggles of their own but could use a big win over their Western Conference foes to get back on track.

Xbet opened the Rockets as 5.5-point home favorites with a total of 228.

SHARK BITES
  • The Cavaliers are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games against the Western Conference.
  • The Rockets are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games as a favorite of 5.5 or more.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Rockets’ last seven games with a closing total of 228.0 or more.

After Dwyane Wade called out the Cavs’ starting lineup outside of LeBron James in light of the team’s recent setback to the Atlanta Hawks, the unit got it together against the Milwaukee Bucks to emerge with a 124-119 triumph. Kevin Love was the biggest factor, as the power forward exploded for a season-high 32 points and 16 rebounds after managing four points and four boards against the Hawks.

Houston scored a season-high 137 points in a win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday thanks to 56 points and 13 assists by James Harden. The superstar went 19-for-25 from the floor and 7-for-8 from downtown en route to a career high in points. Chris Paul hasn’t played since opening night due to a knee injury but is “rounding second and pretty close to third” in his recovery, according to coach Mike D’Antoni.

UNDER bettors love seeing Cleveland travel to Texas, as eight of the last 10 meetings between the clubs in Houston have gone below the closing total.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Houston Rockets installed as 5-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The OVER/UNDER betting line for the total number of points scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 232.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark pick a 118-104 result in favor of the Rockets. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Houston Rockets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Rockets sport a record of 8-3 and 6-5 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Cleveland Cavaliers sit at 5-6 and 2-8-1 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 5-6 for the Houston Rockets and 7-4 for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Cleveland injuries news.

The betting Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 19-rated Cavaliers taking on the No. 8-rated Rockets in this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Houston's No. 15-rated NBA squad against Cleveland's No. 20-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Houston rates No. 1 in the league with 15.09 three-pointers per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 19 with 10.09 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cavaliers got a 32-point performance from Kevin Love as Cleveland handed Milwaukee a 124-119 defeat on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Houston cruised to victory on Sunday, running Utah out of the gym and running up a 137-110 score at Toyota Center.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Cleveland is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Houston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Dallas, Saturday, November 11
Houston home to Memphis, Saturday, November 11

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