Jack's Free Pick Thursday!
Houston vs. Phoenix,
02/09/2012 21:00 EDT,
Score: 96 - 89
Point Spread: -3/-110 Phoenix
The Phoenix Suns are catching fire of late. I'll gladly back them as a small 3-point home favorite over the Houston Rockets tonight. Steve Nash has carried the Suns to three straight wins, including two on the road against Atlanta and Milwaukee.
Houston is having a solid year at 15-11 this season. But the Rockets are way overvalued tonight due to back-to-back impressive road wins at Denver and at Portland. This sets them up for a big letdown spot tonight. Houston will also be tired as this is the second of a back-to-back and their 3rd game in 4 days.
Phoenix has won seven of their last nine meetings with Houston in this series. The Rockets are 7-22 ATS in their last 29 meetings with the Suns, so this has clearly been an unfavorable match-up for them. Phoenix has won four straight home meetings over Houston.
The Rockets are likely going to be without starting PG Kyle Lowry (arm) after he suffered an injury last night against Houston. Lowry is a huge part of this team, averaging 14.8 points, 7.9 assists and 5.8 rebounds. The Rockets are 5-8 on the road this season, and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games as a road underdog. Bet Phoenix Thursday.