At 9:00 ET, the Phoenix Suns (-353) will host the Houston Rockets (+280) in a Western Conference matchup. The Suns are favored by 8.5 points, and the over/under line is set at 234.

Phoenix (34-24) is currently 5th in the Western Conference, while the Rockets (25-33) are 12th. Houston has lost two straight games and is 3rd in the Southwest Division. The game will be played at Footprint Center in Phoenix.


The Pick: Phoenix Suns -8.5

This game will be played at Footprint Center at 9:00 ET on Thursday, February 29th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 143-118 in favor of the Suns.
  • Our projections have Kevin Durant finishing with Kevin Durant points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Suns finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.6% and knocking down 15 threes.

Do the Rockets Have What it Takes in Phoenix?

As the Rockets look to snap their two-game losing streak, they will be hoping to improve their 9-18 ATS record on the road. Overall, they are 29-28 ATS this season and have not covered the spread in their last two games. As underdogs, their ATS record is 17-21.

On the road, Houston has an average scoring differential of -6.6 points per game. This year, they are 5-23 on the road, which is 20th in the Western Conference. As the underdog, their scoring differential is -4.3 PPG.

In the Western Conference, the Rockets are currently in 12th place with a record of 25-33. Against other Western Conference teams, they are 17-17 compared to 8-16 against the East.

The Rockets’ O/U record for the season is 26-32, and their games have averaged 225.9 points per game. In their last three games, the under has hit, and today’s O/U line is set at 234.

In their most recent game, the Rockets lost to the Thunder by a score of 112-95. They were 10-point underdogs in that game and were 17-21 as underdogs on the season going into the game.

When it comes to scoring, the Rockets are 21st in the NBA at 112.8 points per game. However, on the road, they are averaging 110.5 points per game (23rd). In terms of pace, Houston is 13th in the league at 99.4 possessions per game.

So far this season, the Rockets have scored below the NBA scoring average in 63.8% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 26th in the league at 45%. When it comes to three-point shooting, Houston is 26th in both three-point percentage (35%) and made threes per game (20th).

Overall, the Rockets are 26th in assists at 24.7 per game. In terms of free throws, they are 11th in made free throws (18.2) and 7th in free throw attempts (23.8). When it comes to offensive rebounds, Houston is 9th in the NBA.

Currently, the Rockets’ defense holds the 12th rank in the NBA, allowing 113.1 points per game. The Rockets defense is coming off a game in which they held the Thunder offense to just 38.9% shooting. Overall, they gave up 112 points to Oklahoma City.

Will the Suns Live Up to Expectations at Home?

In the Western Conference, the Suns are currently in 5th place with a record of 34-24. Within the Pacific Division, they are in 2nd place.

Phoenix has won eight straight games at home and is favored by 8.5 points against the Rockets. As the favorite, they have a record of 29-15 this season, going 18-25 against the spread.

This season, the Suns have gone 27-31 on the over/under, and their games have averaged 231.9 points per game. Today’s O/U line of 234 is lower than their last four games.

The Suns’ most recent game was a 123-113 win over the Lakers. They covered the spread as 3.5-point favorites and the game finished with a combined scoring total of 236 points, which was below the O/U line of 241.

In non-conference games, the Suns are 14-7 compared to 20-17 against Western Conference opponents. At home, they have a straight-up record of 19-11 and are 12-17 ATS.

At 117.5 points per game, the Suns are 10th in the NBA in scoring. They have been especially strong at home, where they are averaging 117.8 points per game. On the season, the Suns have outscored the NBA average in 55.2% of their games.

Phoenix is one of the top teams in the league in field goal percentage, shooting 49% from the field. They are also 4th in true shooting percentage. In terms of pace, the Suns are 15th in the NBA.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Suns are 10th in three-point percentage but just 26th in three-point attempts. In terms of free throws, Phoenix is 2nd in made free throws and 4th in free throw attempts.

At this time, the Suns’ defense is positioned 15th in the NBA, permitting 114.5 points per game. For the season, Phoenix is ranked 23rd in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 21.8 free-throws per game vs. the Suns and have an overall field goal percentage of 46.8%.