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Heat take the floor versus the Rockets

LeBron James and the Miami Heat will take on the Houston Rockets for the first time this season on Tuesday night with those teams doing battle in marquee NBA betting action.

Miami and Houston last met in February 2013, with the Heat winning 114-108 but failing to cover the 7.5-point spread at home in the contest. Overall the Heat are 7-3 SU but just 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games against the Rockets since 2008.

The Heat will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 29-27-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Rockets are 30-26-3 ATS. Miami is 33-24 against the total, while Houston is 27-30-2 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 1-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 211.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 13-rated Heat taking on the No. 6-rated Rockets in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 101-99 win for the Heat on Tuesday.

Miami won its last outing, a 124-107 result against the Bobcats on March 3. The Heat covered in that game as a 11.5-point favorite, while the 231 combined points took the game OVER the total. Charlotte was victimized by LeBron James for 61 points as the Heat defeated the Bobcats 124-107 in NBA action on Monday.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 118-110 winner as they battled the Pistons at home. The Rockets failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point favorite, while 228 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Terrence Jones scored 22 points and chipped in with 10 rebounds for Houston on Saturday, leading the Rockets to a 118-110 victory over Detroit at Toyota Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Houston's No. 6-rated squad against Miami's No. 30-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Houston rates No. 6 in the league with 9.17 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 12 with 8.16 per outing.

Next up:
Miami at San Antonio, Thursday, March 6th
Houston at Orlando, Wednesday, March 5th