Rockets vs. Suns - 3/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (36-33) at Houston Rockets (46-22)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -8.5 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, ROOT
The Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets square off Saturday night at the Toyota Center.
The Phoenix Suns need a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Suns are averaging 104.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 103.8 points on 45 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 17 points and six assists while Markieff Morris is averaging 15.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. Gerald Green is dishing 1.3 assists and Marcus Morris is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are just 2.5 games back of the last spot in the West and need to start stringing consistent wins together. It all starts on the offensive end, as the Suns are shooting just 42.8 percent in their last five games. Marcus Thornton is questionable while Brandon Knight and Alex Len are doubtful with injuries.
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The Houston Rockets look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 103.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting and are allowing 100 points on 44 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.1 points and seven assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds. Josh Smith is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 3.5 assists. The Houston Rockets have won nine of their last 11 games when topping 100 points and are shooting 43.2 percent in their last five games. Harden is coming off a career-high 50 points in a Thursday victory over the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets have won eight of their last nine games on their home court.
The Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southwest. The Rockets are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Suns are 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings in Houston and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Rockets have killed the number lately on their home court, and the Suns are hit or miss. I trust Houston to win this game by double digits on its home court.