Houston Rockets (39-13) at Miami Heat (29-25)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm (American Airlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat +4.5 -- Over/Under: 210.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Rockets and Miami Heat meet Wednesday in NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.
The Houston Rockets look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Houston Rockets are averaging 114 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 46.8 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31.2 points and 9.1 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 19.2 points and 8.5 assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 10.8 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won four of their last five road games.
The Miami Heat need a victory here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Miami Heat are averaging 100.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 101.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17.1 points and 4.8 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.2 points and 11.8 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won eight of their last 12 home games.
The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest. The Heat are 6-20-3 ATS in their last 29 home games, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Wednesday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Miami Heat simply aren't playing good basketball right now, as they've lost four in a row, mostly to bad teams, and they're shooting just 43.8 percent from the field in their last five games. That's not going to get it done against the Houston Rockets and their elite offense. I don't care about the rest advantage the Heat have here. Not to mention the Heat are being outscored by 1.5 points at home this season. I'll take the Rockets and the reasonable chalk here, as backing the Heat in their current form is not an option.