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Rockets Love Going OVER on the Road

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Two of last season’s conference finalists, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets, couldn’t be in a more different spot right now. Cleveland is sitting comfortably in the top spot of the Eastern Conference, while the floundering Rockets could miss the postseason altogether as a result of an ugly two month slide. They’ll meet again tonight in Cleveland, where the Cavs will be looking to sweep the season series.

Shark Bites
  • The Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The Cavaliers are 13-2 SU in their last 15 games against the Western Conference.
  • The Rockets are 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six games as an underdog of 2.0 or less.

Houston is 11-16 since January 27 and 1-4 in their last five in the wake of Sunday’s 104-101 loss to the Indiana Pacers. James Harden is doing his thing (34 points, eight rebounds and eight assists vs. Indy) but the team as a whole is shooting extremely poorly, as Houston has gone 31 percent from beyond the arc in the last 14 games. They finished 7 for 33 from downtown against the Pacers.

While Houston has been far from a safe bet as of late, they have been a great play in one regard: going OVER totals on the road. The OVER has gone 15-6 in the Rockets’ last 21 away from home. The OVER is also 4-0 in Cleveland’s past four when facing a total of 211 or more. Sportsbooks opened the total for the clash in the 211.5 ballpark.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Cleveland Cavaliers installed as -1.5-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 214.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 108-100 result in favor of the Cavaliers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Houston Rockets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Rockets will try to spoil the party on Tuesday; they are 31-42-1 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are 32-39-2 ATS. Houston is 43-31 vs the betting total points scored; Cleveland is 36-37. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Houston injuries news.

This game pits the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently No. 2 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Houston Rockets, who rate No. 15 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Houston Rockets rank No. 20 in the league with 42.88 per game. That compares with Cleveland's No. 8 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cleveland is the NBA's No. 5-ranked team at 10.45 per game, while the Houston Rockets rate No. 3 with 10.61 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

James Harden chucked in 34 points for Houston on Sunday, but they still came up short in losing 104-101 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

New York was victimized for 28 points and 28 rebounds by Kevin Love as the Cavaliers defeated the Knicks 107-93 in NBA action on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Cleveland is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston home to Chicago, Thursday, March 31st
Cleveland home to Brooklyn, Thursday, March 31st