Atlanta Hawks at Houston Rockets
|Date & Time||Monday February 25, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Houston -11.5
The Houston Rockets look to stay hot when they play host to the Atlanta Hawks at the Toyota Center on Monday night.
The Atlanta Hawks have been in a funk as they’ve lost five of their last seven games, but they will be looking to build a bit of momentum after taking down the struggling Suns in a 120-112 home win on Saturday. Trae Young led the team with 23 points and eight assists, Kent Bazemore drained five 3-pointers to finish with 23 points, Taurean Prince scored 21 points while John Collins chipped in with 19 points and 14 rebounds. As a team, the Hawks shot just 41 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line, but where they did a lot of their damage was at the free-throw line where they outscored the Suns by 32-17. With the win, Atlanta improved to 20-40 overall and 10-18 at home.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been in decent form as they’ve won five of their last eight games, but they will be feeling pretty good after snapping a two-game skid with a 118-112 road win over the Warriors on Saturday. Eric Gordon led the team in scoring with 25 points on eight of 20 shooting, Chris Paul steered the offense with 23 points and a season-high 17 assists, Kenneth Faried added 20 points while PJ Tucker was huge on both ends of the floor as he chipped in with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks. As a team, the Rockets shot 43 percent from the field and 16 of 43 from the 3-point line as they set the tone early with a 15-0 opening run, but they really had to battle till the end as the Warriors just wouldn’t go away. In the end, the Rockets were able to get the job done with a massive statement win without their leading scorer in James Harden who is dealing with a cervical strain.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 7-2 ATS in their last nine against the NBA Southwest, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following a win. The Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
Head to head, the under is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
James Harden is currently listed as questionable for the Rockets in this one, but you would think the Rockets have more than enough to get the win whether he plays or not. The Hawks haven’t been terrible as they’re coming in fresh off a narrow win over the Suns, but no one is losing to the Suns these days. The Rockets haven’t quite clicked into top gear yet as the injury to Harden really threw a spanner in the works, but the rest of the team is getting healthier, so with Paul leading the way, I think the Rockets stay hot with a blowout win at home in this one.