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Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets - 11/4/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (4-0) at Miami Heat (3-0)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)

The Line: Miami Heat -1.5 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-HOU, Sun Sports

The Houston Rockets and Miami Heat play Tuesday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

With a win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, the Houston Rockets improve to 4-0 on the season. The Rockets are getting the job done with their offense that is shooting better than 45 percent from the field and has scored 100-plus points in each game. The formula for the Rockets hasn’t changed, as they’re a fast-paced scoring machine that has won nine of their last 12 games when scoring 100-plus points. James Harden has scored 26 or more points in three of the four games and Dwight Howard has posted three double doubles. One player who has made the Rockets offense even more explosive has been Trevor Ariza, who has knocked down 16 threes and dished out 11 assists. The Houston Rockets defense has also improved, allowing no more than 93 points this season.

Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets - 11/4/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Heat are the only undefeated team left in the Eastern Conference. Even without LeBron James, the Heat are averaging 109.3 points per game on 49.1 percent shooting from the field. Chris Bosh leads the way with 25.7 points per game and 11.3 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade has chipped in 16.3 points and 6.7 assists. Luol Deng is shooting an incredible 57.6 percent from the field. The Miami Heat have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring 100-plus points. Defensively, the Heat are allowing 97.7 points on 48.9 percent shooting from the field and 29.3 percent from downtown. Chris Andersen continues to deal with a ribs injury and is expected to miss this game.

The Rockets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Heat are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Rockets are coming off a back-to-back, while the Heat have the home court advantage and are playing better at both ends of the court. Give me the Heat to remain unbeaten and cover the small chalk. 

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Miami Heat -1.5

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