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NBA odds preview - Rockets vs. Bucks

Houston RocketsMilwaukee Bucks
33-17February 08, 2014, 08:30 | Bradley Center9-40

NBA betting interest will be piqued on Saturday when the Rockets of Houston hit the hard court against the Bucks of Milwaukee.

The Bucks sport a record of 9-40 and 18-31 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Rockets sit at 33-17 and 26-21-3 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 26-23 for the Bucks and 22-26-2 for the Rockets. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Houston Rockets vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Bucks as 10.5-point underdogs in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 205.5 earlier at GTbets.eu.

This game matches up the No. 28 (Bucks) and the No. 15 (Rockets) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 96-84 result in favor of the Rockets is predicted by handicapping models.

Houston won its last outing, a 122-108 result against the Suns on February 5. The Rockets covered in that game as a 7.5-point favorite, while the 230 combined points took the game OVER the total. Dwight Howard poured in 34 points for Houston on Wednesday, as they defeated Phoenix 122-108 at Toyota Center.

The Bucks were a 110-100 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nuggets. They covered the 11.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (210) made winners of UNDER bettors. Khris Middleton went off for 25 points and added 6 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Denver defeated Milwaukee, 110-100 at Pepsi Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Milwaukee's No. 29-ranked offense (92.24 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 18 at 101.56 PPG. The Bucks have averaged 42.09% from the field per game, less than the Rockets have managed so far this season (47.3% on average).

Next up:
Houston at Minnesota, Monday, February 10th
Milwaukee home to Boston, Monday, February 10th