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Pointspread favors Rockets in battle with Suns

Phoenix SunsHouston Rockets
29-19February 05, 2014, 08:00 | Toyota Center32-17

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Phoenix when they hit take on the Rockets on Wednesday in pro hoops betting action.

This season the Rockets are 32-17 overall and 25-21-3 ATS against the number, while the Suns are 29-19 and 31-15-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Houston is 21-26-2 on the OU, and Phoenix is 26-22.

View Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 7.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 212.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 15-rated Rockets and the No. 5-ranked Suns, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 101-99 result in favor of the Rockets.

Phoenix was a 101-92 loser in its last match at home against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 193 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Phoenix suffered a 101-92 loss against Chicago on Tuesday, getting 24 points from Goran Dragic in a losing effort at US Airways Center.

The Rockets were a 106-92 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Cavaliers. They covered the 12-point spread as favorites, while the total score (198) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Rockets got a 28-point performance from James Harden as Houston ran past Cleveland 106-92 on Saturday at Toyota Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Houston's No. 8-rated squad against Phoenix's No. 13-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Houston rates No. 7 in the league with 8.96 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 2 with 9.33 per outing.

Next up:
Phoenix home to Golden State, Saturday, February 8th
Houston at Milwaukee, Saturday, February 8th