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Rockets’ Shots Simply Haven’t Been Falling in 2017-18

The Philadelphia 76ers have an abundance of young talent but it’s going to take some time for the youngsters to channel that into consistent results in the win column. With their first victory in the books, the 76ers have their hands full against James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the City of Brotherly Love today.

MyBookie opened the Sixers as 3-point home underdogs with a total of 220.5.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of the Rockets’ last 20 games on the road after consecutive home games.
  • The Rockets are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games as favorite.
  • The 76ers are 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog of 3.0 or less.

Not all of the 76ers’ new players are finding their groove. Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, is off to a rocky start. The point guard is shooting 33 percent from the field without a three-point attempt as he deals with a right shoulder injury that reportedly required fluid to be drained.

Ben Simmons, who missed all of last season with a foot fracture, is making up for lost time by becoming the first rookie since 1967 to record a triple-double within his first four career games when he put back 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Monday’s 97-86 win over Detroit.

The Rockets shot the lights out game in and game out a year ago but have struggled from beyond the arc in 2017-18, as the squad is shooting a measly 27.5 percent from three-point range – 29th in the league. Houston is still attempting 42.8 three-pointers per game, though, so the shots should start falling sooner rather than later.

Houston has been winning in Philadelphia lately, but hasn’t been covering the spread. The Rockets are 6-0 SU in their past six trips to Philly but have covered on only one occasion in that span.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Houston Rockets opened this morning as 4-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at OddsShark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 225 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 109-103 win for the Rockets on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Houston Rockets vs Philadelphia 76ers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Philadelphia 76ers bring a 1-3 record (2-2 ATS) to the battle against the 3-1 Houston Rockets, who are 2-2 ATS. Fans of OVER/UNDER betting have seen the 76ers go 2-2 so far and the Rockets go 1-3. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Philadelphia vs Houston injuries news.

The OddsShark betting Power Rankings have the 76ers at No. 18 and the Rockets at No. 11 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Houston Rockets rank No. 12 in the league with 45 per game. That compares with Philadelphia's No. 9 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Philadelphia is the NBA's No. 13-ranked team at 10.5 treys per game, while the Houston Rockets rate No. 7 with 11.75 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rockets wasted a 27-point performance from Eric Gordon as Memphis ran past them 98-90 on Monday at Toyota Center.

Detroit was victimized for 21 points and 12 rebounds by Ben Simmons as the 76ers defeated the Pistons 97-86 in NBA action on Monday.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 8-15-1 ATS in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Philadelphia is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Philadelphia is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
  • Philadelphia is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Charlotte, Friday, October 27
Philadelphia at Dallas, Saturday, October 28