Rockets vs. Hawks - 12/20/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (18-7) at Houston Rockets (19-6)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: TSOH, CSN Houston
The Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets play Saturday night at the Toyota Center.
The Atlanta Hawks have won 11 of their last 12 games and hope to keep things rolling. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103 points on 47.1 percent shooting and are allowing 97 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 16.4 points and 7.8 rebounds while Al Horford is averaging 14.2 points and 6.4 rebounds. Kyle Korver is shooting 51.5 percent from the field and DeMarre Carroll is grabbing 5.5 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks continue to get the job done on the defensive end, allowing 88.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting in their last five games. With the Hawks offense continuing to shoot a high percentage, they’re an impressive 14-1 SU this season when holding a team under 100 points. Jeff Teague is doubtful for this game with a hamstring injury.
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The Houston Rockets have won three of their last five games and are as healthy as they’ve been all year. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 99.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting and are allowing 96 points on 42.8 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 26.7 points and 6.7 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 19.6 points and 11.9 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is shooting 36.4 percent from the field and Patrick Beverley is grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets need to get their offense going now that Howard is back on the court. The Rockets, a team that relies heavily on the deep ball, is shooting just 41 percent from the field and 28.9 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. The Rockets have lost five of their last seven games when scoring under 100 points.
The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Rockets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hawks are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Houston and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
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