Suns vs. Rockets - 2/10/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (35-16) at Phoenix Suns (29-24)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -2 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns meet Tuesday night at the US Airways Center.
The Houston Rockets have won six of their last eight games and begin a three-game road trip. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 102.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting and are allowing 99.2 points on 44.3 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.5 points and 6.8 assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 12.6 points and 5.4 rebounds. Donatas Motiejunas is grabbing 6.2 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 3.2 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.3 percent from deep in their last five games, which has been their key to success all season. The Rockets average 33.4 threes per game, which produces much of their offense when those shots are falling. The Rockets have won eight of their last 12 games when topping 100 points.
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The Phoenix Suns hope to turn things around after losing six of their last 10 games. On the season, the Suns are averaging 105.7 points on 46 percent shooting and are allowing 104.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 16.1 points and 4.1 assists. Isaiah Thomas is dishing 3.7 assists and Markieff Morris is grabbing six rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting just 41.1 percent from the field in their last five games, which is the main reason for their recent struggles. The Suns don’t play good enough defense to make up for poor offensive production. The good news for the Suns is that 16 of their 29 wins this year have come on their home court.
The Rockets are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games following a S.U. loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games. The Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Suns know that these are the games they must win if they're going to hold onto one of the last playoff spots in the West. I don't like the Rockets without Dwight Howard on the floor, and they could struggle to keep up with the Suns at home if those shots are falling. I like Phoenix in this spot.