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Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns Point Spread Pick

Time: 9 PM EST Sunday February 23, 2014, ESPN

Location: US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

The Phoenix Suns host the Houston Rockets in a Western Conference match up.

In their last games: The Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 1-6-85 and the Rockets lost to the Golden State Warriors 102-99 in OT.

In their big win over the Spurs the Suns were solid on both ends of the floor shooting 51.2% from the floor and holding San Antonio to a FG% of 34.9%.

In their loss to the Warriors the Rockets played good defense and while James Harden went for 39 points Houston only shot 36.5% from the floor.

These teams have split the 2 games facing each other this season with both games in Houston. In the last game the Rockets beat the Suns 122-108.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Suns are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games against the Rockets.

James Harden is questionable for tonight’s game and in the last game he scored a season high 39. In his last 3 games he is averaging 34.3 ppg.

The Suns have won 3 in a row and 7 of their last 10 games and the Rockets are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Houston -1
Total Line: 213.5
Money Line: Rockets -117 / Suns -103

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Houston Rockets: 37-18 SU 28-25-2 ATS
Phoenix Suns: 33-21 SU 36-17-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• HOU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• HOU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
• HOU has an Under record of 8-3-1 in their last 12 road games.
• PHO is 36-17-1 ATS in their last 54 games overall.
• PHO is 19-9 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• PHO has an Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 home games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Houston Rockets: 95.00
Phoenix Suns: 93.39

Key Player Injuries

[G] 02/22/2014 – James Harden is upgraded to probable Sunday vs. Phoenix ( Elbow )
[G] 02/20/2014 – Ronnie Brewer out indefinitely ( Ankle )
[F] 02/20/2014 – Jordan Hamilton probable ( Acquired )
[F] 01/25/2014 – Greg Smith out indefinitely ( Knee )

[C] 10/30/2013 – Emeka Okafor out indefinitely ( Back )
[G] 01/04/2014 – Eric Bledsoe out indefinitely ( Knee )
[G] 02/21/2014 – Leandro Barbosa questionable Sunday vs. Houston ( Toe )

Point Spread Pick:

Take Houston -1.
Bet this game at and Lay -105 instead of -110 on this game!

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