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Paul Set to Make Rockets’ Return vs Suns

Since losing prized offseason addition Chris Paul in the season opener, the Houston Rockets have done extremely well. Sitting with the second-best record in the Western Conference, the Rockets will get even better when they’re expected to welcome Paul back to the lineup on Thursday against the Phoenix Suns in the desert.

  • The total has gone OVER in the Rockets’ last six games against the Suns.
  • The Suns are 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games at home.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Rockets’ last six games with one day off between games.

“He’s ready to go,” Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters before practice on Wednesday. “I think he’s playing tomorrow, so we’ll see.” Paul joins a lineup that already includes the NBA’s leader in assists in James Harden (10.3 assists per game). Harden is also second in the NBA in scoring and is fresh off a 38-point effort in a loss to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

With disgruntled point guard Eric Bledsoe shipped out of Phoenix, Devin Booker has taken on more responsibility in the offense. Booker leads the team in assists (3.9) and is averaging 23.2 points and totaled 71 points on 27-of-49 shooting in the last two games. The Suns are an ugly 1-4 SU on their current five-game homestand that ends tonight.

Houston straight-up dominated this series a year ago, winning all four games by an average of 17 points. Over the years, the Rockets are 9-2 SU in their last 11 vs the Suns.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Phoenix Suns were listed earlier as 9-point underdogs on the betting oddsboard at Bovada. Those betting on the total OVER/UNDER for points scored have seen that line set at 233.5 for Thursday at shops such as MyBookie.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Rockets to win this game 119-101. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Houston Rockets vs Phoenix Suns Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Rockets will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 8-7 versus the spread this season, while the Phoenix Suns are 6-9 ATS. Houston is 7-8 against the points scored total betting line, while Phoenix is 8-7 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Phoenix vs Houston injuries news.

The Suns sit at No. 28 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Rockets are at No. 3 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Phoenix's No. 13-ranked offense averaging 106.07 PPG, against a Houston defense that ranks No. 11 at 104.6 PPG. The Suns field-goal percentage has averaged 43.63% so far, less than the Rockets shooters have achieved on the year, 45.59% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rockets got a terrific 38-point performance from James Harden but Toronto handed them a 129-113 defeat on Tuesday at Toyota Center.

Devin Booker scored 36 points but Los Angeles downed Phoenix 100-93 on Monday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

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

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Memphis, Saturday, November 18
Phoenix at Los Angeles, Friday, November 17