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Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards - 2/12/14

Washington Wizards (25-25) at Houston Rockets (35-17)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -9.5 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds


The Houston Rockets will be looking to keep their winning streak alive when they take on the Washington Wizards tonight.

The Wizards have lost three of their last four and will be looking to avoid a third straight road loss tonight after falling to the Grizzlies by 92-89 last night. Bradley Beal made five threes on his way to a career-high 37 points, while Nene Hilario added 17 points, but John Wall really struggled against the defense of Nick Calathes and scored just five points. Despite Wall's struggles, the Wizards were able to ride Beal in the second half and come back from a 16-point deficit only to fall short on a missed jumper that would have sent the game to overtime. With the loss, Washington drops back below .500 at 25-26 on the season and 12-13 on the road.

Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards - 2/12/14

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Meanwhile, the Rockets have won nine of their last 11 and will be looking to build on their six-game win streak after blowing past the Timberwolves by 107-89 on Monday. All five starters finished in double figures with Chandler Parsons scored 20 points and James Harden adding 19, but the best part about the win was the Rockets' defense in the fourth quarter where they held the Wolves to just 11 points after allowing 58 in the first half. Houston is now 35-17 on the season and 14-10 on the road where they've won their last three.

In ATS trends, the Wizards are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six road games, while the Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.

Head to head, the Wizards are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Houston and the Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings overall.

The Rockets have really started to put it together over the last couple of weeks and it was nice to finally see them play some defense like they did on Monday, but the Wizards have been one of the surprise teams lately and I am expecting Wall to bounce back with a strong outing and keep this game close. I'm taking Washington with the hefty spread here.

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