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Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets 10/21/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction

Houston Rockets at Miami Heat

Tuesday October 21

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TV: CSN Houston

The Houston Rockets and Miami Heat will play preseason ball Tuesday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena on TNT.

The Houston Rockets are 4-1 in preseason play and just hope to enter the regular season healthy. Dwight Howard returned to the Rockets last game and scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 17 minutes. James Harden also returned to the court and was a shaky 2-12 from the field and had six assists in 27 minutes. One bright spot for the Rockets has been Trevor Ariza, who had 13 points and four steals in his most recent contest and has knocked down a three in his last two games. A healthy Patrick Beverley also has Houston feeling good entering the season, as he’s done a fine job of taking care of the basketball and setting up his teammates. The Houston Rockets look to be in good shape by the time the real season begins.

Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets 10/21/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction

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The Miami Heat have won back-to-back preseason games to improve to 2-4 in these scrimmages. Guys such as Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Luol Deng should be ready for this game after taking the Heat’s last contest off. Rookie Shabazz Napier has finally arrived, as he’s coming off his best performance in which he scored 25 points and had four assists. Napier has now scored in the double digits in four straight games and his confidence has clearly hit another level. Shawne Williams is another guy who has come on late for Miami, as he’s an impressive 10-16 from the field in his last two games. Danny Granger has made four threes in his last two games and looks healthy for the first time since his Indiana days. The Miami Heat are starting to find their groove a bit right before the regular season starts.

Getting the Heat at home and the points seems to be the way to go. We're not sure how long the Rockets are going to play their starters, as they've been up and down throughout the preseason. Give me the points.

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