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NBA Game Preview - 76ers underdogs vs Rockets at Houston

Philadelphia 76ersHouston Rockets
15-56March 27, 2014, 08:00 | Toyota Center48-22

Philadelphia pays a visit to Houston on Thursday, hoping to send the Rockets to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Toyota Center.

The 76ers will try to spoil the party on Thursday; they are 28-43 ATS against the number this season, while the Rockets are 36-31-3 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Philadelphia is 32-38-1 on the totals; Houston is 34-34-2.View Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets Odds and Stats.

Houston opened as -20-point Favorite at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 215.5 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rockets rated this week at No. 4 and the 76ers sitting at No. 30. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 101-86 result in favor of the Rockets today.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 100-89 winner as they battled the Bobcats on the road. The Rockets covered in the match as a 5-point favorite, while 189 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. James Harden poured in 31 points for Houston on Monday, as they defeated Charlotte 100-89 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting 76ers rank No. 12 in the league with 43.45 per game. That compares with Houston’s No. 8 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Houston is the NBA’s No. 5-ranked team at 9.33 per game, while the 76ers rate No. 20 with 6.87 per contest.

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Detroit, Saturday, March 29th
Houston home to Los Angeles, Saturday, March 29th