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Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets ATS Prediction

Time: 8 PM EST Wednesday February 5, 2014, CSN Houston

Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

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

In their last games: The Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-92 and the Suns lost to the Chicago Bulls 101-92.

Dwight Howard and James Harden combined for 56 points in the win over the Cavs where they won with their offense that shot 51.3% from the field.

In their loss to the Bulls the Suns only shot 38.8% from the floor and they were sloppy committing 21 turnovers. Only 2 Suns’ starters scored in double figures in the game.

These teams met in early December in Houston and the Suns beat the Rockets 97-88.


Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Suns are 20-6 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Houston.

In the last 6 games between these 2 teams in Houston the total has gone Under 5 times.

The underdog has covered the spread in 5 of the last 6 games between these 2 teams.

Both teams are 7-3 in their last 10 games with the Suns coming off a loss and the Rockets winners of 3 straight.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Rockets -7.5
Total Line: 212.5
Money Line: Suns +285 / Rockets -345

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Phoenix Suns: 29-19 SU 32-15-1 ATS
Houston Rockets: 32-17 SU 25-22-2 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• PHO is 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games.
• PHO is 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• PHO has an Under record of 13-3 in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
• HOU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
• HOU is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
• HOU has an Under record of 3-0-1 in their last 4 home games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Phoenix Suns: 93.16
Houston Rockets: 94.66

Key Player Injuries

[G] 02/04/2014 – Eric Bledsoe out indefinitely ( Knee )
[C] 10/30/2013 – Emeka Okafor out indefinitely ( Back )

[G] 02/04/2014 – Francisco Garcia questionable Wednesday vs. Phoenix ( Knee )
[F] 02/01/2014 – Ronnie Brewer questionable Wednesday vs. Phoenix ( Calf )
[C] 2/04/2014 – Omer Asik out indefinitely ( Thigh )
[F] 01/25/2014 – Greg Smith out indefinitely ( Knee )

Point Spread Pick:

The Suns are coming off of a poor outing versus the Bulls last night but they may have been caught looking ahead to tonight’s matchup. Phoenix has had their way with Houston winning 5 of the last 7 while covering an even better 6 of 7. The scheduling is a big advantage for the Rockets but there is enough value in the line to back the visitor here.
Take the Phoenix Suns +7.5

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