The Houston Rockets travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers in a non-conference matchup. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 ET and can be seen on NBCS.
The 76ers (-305) are currently 3rd in the Eastern Conference and are favored by 7.5 points over the Rockets (+243), who are 10th in the West. The over/under line for the game is 228 points.
HOUSTON ROCKETS VS PHILADELPHIA 76ERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Houston Rockets +7.5
This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center at 1:00 ET on Monday, January 15th.
WHY BET THE HOUSTON ROCKETS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-110 in favor of the Rockets.
- Our projections have Jalen Green finishing with Jalen Green points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
- From the field, we have the Rockets finishing with a field goal percentage of 44.6% and knocking down 12 threes.
Will the Rockets Make it Happen on the Road?
As the underdog, the Rockets have gone 9-17 straight up and 12-13 against the spread. Their O/U record as the underdog is 17-21, and the average scoring margin in these games is -2.5 points per game.
Houston’s ATS losing streak is at four games, and they are 6-10 ATS on the road. This season, they are 21-16 vs. the spread overall.
This season, the Rockets have gone 19-19 and are currently in 10th place in the Western Conference. In non-conference games, they are 5-9 compared to 14-10 against Western Conference opponents.
In their last game, the Rockets lost to the Celtics by a score of 145-113. The O/U line for that game was 227 points, and Houston was a 15-point underdog.
On average, the Rockets’ games have seen a combined 224.1 points scored, and today’s O/U line is set at 228. This season, 32 of their games have had lower O/U lines than 228.
So far this season, the Rockets are 22nd in the NBA in scoring at 112.7 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 111.4 points per game.
When it comes to pace, Houston is 19th in the league at 98.6 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 24th in the NBA at 46%.
From beyond the arc, the Rockets are 20th in three-point shooting at 36%. Overall, they are 24th in two-point shooting at 52%.
Coming into the game, the Rockets defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 42.1% of their games. Currently, they are 5th in the NBA at 111.4 points per game allowed. The Rockets defense is coming off a game in which they held the Celtics offense to just 40.4% shooting. Overall, they gave up 145 points to Boston.
Can the 76ers Please their Home Crowd?
Today, the 76ers are favored by 7.5 points against the Rockets. This season, Philadelphia has been favored in 28 of their 37 games and has a record of 22-6 as the favorite. As the favorite, they have an average scoring margin of +11.9 points per game.
Against the spread, the 76ers have a record of 25-12, which is the 3rd-best mark in the Eastern Conference. At home, they are 14-6 ATS compared to 11-6 ATS on the road. Philly has covered the spread in their last two home games.
Philadelphia’s O/U record for the season is 21-16, and their games have averaged 231.2 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 228, and the 76ers have played to an average of 230.2 points per game.
In their last game, the 76ers defeated the Kings by a score of 112-93. The O/U line for that game was 242, giving them an under result. Philly also covered the spread in that game, winning by 19 points as 1-point favorites.
With a record of 24-13, the 76ers are currently 3rd in the Eastern Conference. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 17-10 and 5-3 against division opponents. In non-conference games, they are 7-3.
At home, the 76ers are averaging 120.0 points per game, which is 10th in the NBA. Overall, they are 6th in scoring at 119.6 points per game. Philadelphia has scored more than the NBA average in 56.8% of their games this season.
When it comes to pace, the 76ers are 14th in the league at 99.3 possessions per game. They are also one of the top free-throw shooting teams, leading the NBA in both free throws made and attempted.
Philadelphia is 13th in field goal percentage at 47%. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 16th in three-point percentage and 22nd in both three-point attempts and makes. When it comes to assists, the 76ers are 22nd in the NBA.
Philadelphia’s defense has been playing well, ranking 6th in the NBA with 111.5 points allowed per game. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the 76ers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 53.7% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 33.6% from downtown.