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Washington Wizards vs. Houston Rockets - 12/29/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (25-8) at Washington Wizards (19-16)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Capitol One Arena)

The Line: Washington Wizards +2.5 -- Over/Under: 221 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBATV, CNSW

The Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards meet Friday in NBA action at the Capital One Arena.

The Houston Rockets need a victory here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Houston Rockets are averaging 115.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 32.4 points and 9.2 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 19.5 points and 2.1 assists. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.2 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won six of their last eight road games.

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Washington Wizards vs. Houston Rockets - 12/29/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Wizards look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 105.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 103.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.1 points and 4.3 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 18.6 points and 8.8 assists. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have won five of their last six home games.

The Rockets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Washington, 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

I'm not sure why the Wizards are the underdog here, as the Rockets are freefalling without CP3, and I'm not trying to get behind a Houston team that blew a 26-point lead last night. The Washington Wizards usually play to their level of comp and are a very tough team to play at home. I'll take the free bucket here.

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