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Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets - 2/23/14

Houston Rockets (37-18) at Phoenix Suns (33-21)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm (US Airways Center)

The Line: Phoenix Suns -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Expect a high-scoring affair tonight when the Houston Rockets pay a visit to the Phoenix Suns.

The Rockets will be looking to get back to winning ways after they had their eight-game win streak snapped on Thursday when they lost to the Warriors by 102-99 in overtime. James Harden had a monster game of 39 points on 14 of 27 shooting but needed more support from his teammates as Chandler Parsons was the only real person who provided support, scoring 21 points but shooting just eight of 24 from the field. With Andrew Bogut out with injury, the Warriors went with their smaller lineups more than usual but Dwight Howard could never really get going, scoring just 11 points on four of 13 shooting.

Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets - 2/23/14

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Meanwhile, the Suns have won four of their last five and will be looking to build on a three-game win streak after blowing past the Spurs by 106-85 on Friday. Goran Dragic had just eight points but he was hardly needed as the Suns' bench led the way with 21 points from Markieff Morris and a career-high 15 points from Ish Smith. With the win, Phoenix improves to 33-21 overall and 19-9 at home, but it's hard to get too excited about the win because the Spurs were shorthanded and just worn out after playing their last eight on the road.

In ATS trends, the Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games playing on two days rest, while the Suns are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a win and 19-9 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a winning record. 

Head to head, the Rockets are 8-23 in the last 31 meetings overall and 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Phoenix.

I like the Rockets to get back on track with a hard-fought road win here. It won't be easy, but the Rockets should be able to bounce back and win by single digits here.

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Houston -1

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