Houston Rockets (1-5) vs. Phoenix Suns (4-1)
October 30, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Phoenix Suns -13; Over/Under: +229
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The Houston Rockets and the Phoenix Suns duke it out at the Footprint Center on Sunday night.
The Houston Rockets have been in terrible shape as they’ve lost six of their first seven games and they will be hoping to put a stop to a three-game skid after falling to the Trail Blazers in a 125-111 road loss on Friday. Eric Gordon led the way with 18 points and five assists, Kevin Porter Jr. added 16 points while Alperen Sengun chipped in with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. As a team, the Rockets shot 42 percent from the field and 14 of 38 from the 3-point line but their troubles on the defensive end cost them again as they were always fighting an uphill battle after leaking 69 points in the first half. Jalen Green had a forgettable night as he shot just four of 19 from the field for his 11 points.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns have been in good form as they’ve won four of their first five games and they will be aiming for a fourth straight victory after routing the Pelicans in a 124-111 win on Friday. Mikal Bridges led the team in scoring with 27 points on 10 of 13 shooting, Cameron Johnson and Devin Booker scored 16 points apiece while Torrey Craig chipped in with 13 points on six of six shooting off the bench. As a team, the Suns shot 52 percent from the field and 10 of 33 from the 3-point line as they took control of the contest with 36 points in the second quarter to take the lead into halftime, before pouring in another 36 points in the third quarter to put the game to bed early.
Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Suns are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team below .400.
Head to head, the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings overall and the over is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings in Phoenix.
The Suns are a little shorthanded as they are without De’Andre Ayton for this one, but they should have more than enough firepower to get past the Rockets who are missing Eric Gordon. The Rockets look like they’re playing for the upcoming NBA draft, while the Suns are trying to get back to the NBA Finals. The line is quite hefty, but I think the Suns stay hot with an easy win and cover against this slumping Rockets team.