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Suns vs. Rockets - 2/19/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (27-28) at Phoenix Suns (14-40)

NBA Basketball: Friday, February 19, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)

The Line: Phoenix Suns +8.5 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSAZ

The Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns square off Friday at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Houston Rockets could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 105 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28 points and seven assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 14.6 points and 12 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 4.6 rebounds and Ty Lawson is dishing 3.6 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost four of their last five road games. Patrick Beverley and Terrence Jones are questionable. 

Suns vs. Rockets - 2/19/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Phoenix Suns need a nice win in order to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 100.5 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Markieff Morris is averaging 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds while Devin Booker is averaging 10.6 points and 1.8 assists. Mirza Teletovic is grabbing three rebounds and Archie Goodwin is dishing 2.2 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Suns are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost five straight home games.

The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Suns are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. 

Do the Suns have any more players left with Bledsoe and Knight injured, and Morris now traded? Phoenix is simply a mess. Houston is inconsistent but is still by far the more talented team here. Give me the Rockets by double digits.

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Houston Rockets -8.5

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