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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets - 11/13/13

Houston Rockets (5-3) at Philadelphia 76ers (4-4)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +9 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia 76ers welcome the Houston Rockets to town tonight for a midweek showdown.

Things weren't looking for the Rockets when they lost their second straight at home, but nothing steadies the ship like an old fashioned double overtime victory. Dwight Howard poured in 18 points and 24 rebounds, James Harden added 26 points and 10 assists, and Jeremy Lin scored a game-high 31 points to lead Houston to a much needed 110-104 victory. All those stats look pretty impressive but coach McHale will be disappointed with his team's inability to close out games after they had to fight their way through two overtimes after leading by as many as 17 in the third quarter. With the win, Houston improve to 5-3 on the season and a modest 3-2 at home.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets - 11/13/13

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Meanwhile, the Sixers have lost four of their last five and will be looking to avoid a third straight after getting thumped by the Spurs to the score of 109-85. Evan Turner led the team with 20 points, Spencer Hawes added 17 and Tony Wroten had 13 points, but that's all there is to write about as no other Sixer scored more than eight points. Right from tipoff, the Sixers were playing from behind as the Spurs put on a clinic in the first quarter, using a 14-0 run to end the period and lead by 31-13. Philly did manage put up some resistance before the Spurs ramped up their offense and push the lead to as many as 29 before pulling the starters. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams had a season-low eight points on two for 11 shooting.

In ATS trends, the Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Sixers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a loss and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a double digit home loss.

Head to head, the Rockets are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Philadelphia.

Three straight losses at home could have made things really ugly for the Rockets but they managed to pull out the victory, but Harden has been dealing with soreness in both feet and will be a game-time decision for this game. If Harden plays, I'll happily take the Rockets to win and cover but if he doesn't, there's plenty of value with the Sixers at home. I suspect Harden will sit out tonight's game and play against the Knicks tomorrow night, so I'm taking the Sixers with the points here.

Philadelphia +7

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