Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets - 4/1/14
Houston Rockets (49-23) at Brooklyn Nets (39-33)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -2.5 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets will play for the second and final time this regular season on Tuesday. The Rockets beat the Nets 114-95 back in November.
The Rockets have won five of their last six games, but are coming off a 118-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. On the season, the Rockets average 107 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allow 101.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Houston shooting guard James Harden continues to take his game to another level, as he’s averaging 30.8 points on 52.8 percent shooting in his last five games. The Rockets, however, have lost three of their last five road games. The Houston Rockets are 37-33-2 ATS overall and 17-18 ATS on the road.
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The Nets have won two straight and six of their last eight games. On the season, the Brooklyn Nets average 98.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allow 99.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Brooklyn small forward Paul Pierce has scored 22 or more points in three of his last four games and is shooting 52 percent in his last five games. The Nets have won eight straight games when holding their opponent under 100 points. The Brooklyn Nets are 39-33 ATS overall and 22-14 ATS at home.
The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Atlantic and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Nets are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games playing on 1 days rest. The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings vs. the Nets, while the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
I like the Nets to cover the small chalk in this matchup. The Nets have won 13 straight home games, while the Rockets have struggled against the number on the road recently. Get this number low while you still can.