Cavaliers vs. Rockets - 1/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (23-11) at Cleveland Cavaliers (19-16)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN Houston, FSOH, ESPN
The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers play Wednesday at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Houston Rockets are looking for some consistency after losing four of their last six games. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 101 points on 43.2 percent shooting and are allowing 97.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27 points and 6.5 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 17.8 points and 11.5 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is shooting 35.5 percent from the field and Patrick Beverley is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets struggles start with their outside shooting, as they’re making just 34 percent from deep in their last five games. Offense and deep ball shooting is the Rockets bread and butter, as they’ve lost five straight games when scoring less than 100 points. The Rockets have also lost three straight road games.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are starting to panic a bit after losing six of their last eight games. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 100.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 99.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Kevin Love is averaging 17.8 points and 10.2 rebounds while Tristan Thompson is averaging 9.7 points and 8.1 rebounds. Shawn Marion is grabbing 3.7 rebounds and Matthew Dellavedova is dishing 3.3 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers recently made a trade that should spark things offensively but a defense that’s allowing 47 percent shooting in their last five games raises big questions. The Cavs are quickly reaching panic mode with the way things have been going recently. Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith are questionable for this game.
The Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss. The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Cleveland and 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall.
Forget the spread with the Cavs all banged up. Instead, I'm taking the over with the way both teams can put the ball in the hoop.