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NBA betting line favors Rockets over Bucks

Milwaukee BucksHouston Rockets
7-31January 18, 2014, 08:00 | Toyota Center26-15

The Rockets will be trying to slam the Bucks on Saturday when the teams tip off at Toyota Center in NBA betting action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Rockets are 26-15 so far on the season, and 20-18-3 ATS vs. the number. The Bucks, meanwhile, are 7-31 and 13-25 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Houston go 18-22-1 and the Bucks go 19-19 on the totals.

View Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 14.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 198.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 19-rated Rockets and the No. 28-ranked Bucks, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 95-84 result in favor of the Rockets.

The Bucks were an 82-77 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (159) made winners of UNDER bettors. Brandon Knight went off for 27 points and added 2 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Memphis defeated Milwaukee, 82-77 at Bradley Center.

The Rockets were a 104-92 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (196) made winners of UNDER bettors. Houston suffered a 104-92 loss against Oklahoma City on Thursday, getting 16 points from Terrence Jones in a losing effort at Toyota Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 104.9 PPG, against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 13 at 99.97 PPG. The Rockets field goal percentage has averaged 47.18% so far, more than the Bucks shooters have achieved on the year, 41.91% per game.

Next up:
Milwaukee at San Antonio, Sunday, January 19th
Houston home to Portland, Monday, January 20th