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Nets vs. Rockets - 1/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (26-11) at Brooklyn Nets (16-21)

NBA Basketball: Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: Brooklyn Nets +6 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT, YES

The Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets square off Monday night at the Barclays Center.

The Houston Rockets have won four of their last five games and begin a two-game road trip. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 101.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting and are allowing 96.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 26.8 points and 6.6 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 17.2 points and 11.6 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is shooting 36.1 percent from the field and Patrick Beverley is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are back to knocking down the long-ball, which is the key to their success. The Rockets are shooting 39 percent from deep in their last five games and have won 14 of their last 17 games when topping 100 points. Howard is probable for this game despite a knee injury.

Nets vs. Rockets - 1/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Brooklyn Nets have lost five straight and are quickly dropping in the playoff race. On the season, the Nets are averaging 95.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting and are allowing 97.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Joe Johnson is averaging 16.5 points and 3.8 assists while Brook Lopez is averaging 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. Jarrett Jack is dishing 4.2 assists and Mirza Teletovic is shooting 38.3 percent from the field. The Brooklyn Nets are back to struggling on the offensive end, as they’re shooting just 41.2 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from deep during this losing streak. Of course, not having Deron Williams on the floor doesn’t help their case. The Nets have lost four of their last five home games SU and need to win games like this if they’re going to be a playoff team.

The Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nets are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Brooklyn and 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings overall.

The Nets can't score without their starting point guard. Meanwhile, the Rockets are one of the top scoring teams in the league and this game could get ugly if those threes are falling. 

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Houston Rockets -6

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