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Charlotte Bobcats vs. Houston Rockets - 3/24/14

Houston Rockets (47-22) at Charlotte Bobcats (34-36)

NBA Basketball: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)

The Line: Charlotte Bobcats -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


James Harden and the Houston Rockets duke it out with the Charlotte Bobcats tonight.

The Rockets have bounced back from a trio of tough losses in style, as they head into tonight on the back of a third straight win. On Saturday, James Harden poured in 37 points and 11 assists and sat out the entire fourth quarter as the Rockets simply shot the Cavaliers to pieces and led by 101-79 after three quarters before crusing to a 118-111 win. Dwight Howard sat out his third straight game with an ankle injury, but apparently he was going to play in the game if the team needed him, but the Rockets knew they didn't need his help with scoring after pouring in 39 points in the first quarter. With the win, Houston improved to 47-22 overall and a modest 19-15 on the road.

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Houston Rockets - 3/24/14

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Meanwhile, the Bobcats have won seven of their last 10 games and were able to avoid a third straight loss on Saturday by taking down the Trailblazers in a 124-94 trouncing. Al Jefferson scored 28 points, Kemba Walker added 26 and Gerald Henderson added 23 as the Bobcats exploded for 69 points in the first half, their best first half total since Jan. 16, 2010. With the big win, Charlotte improves to 34-36 overall which strengthens their hold on the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference as they stay 1 1/2 games clear of the eighth placed Atlanta.

In ATS trends, the Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, while the Bobcats are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 home games.

Head to head, the Rockets are 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the Under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Charlotte.

The Bobcats have been solid at home all season but it's just too hard to pass on the Rockets in this one.

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Houston -3.5

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