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Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/11/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers at Houston Rockets
Date & Time Friday January 11, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Toyota Center
Houston, Texas
The Line
The Line: Houston Rockets -14.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets meet Friday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are still looking for their first victory since December 18. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 102.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 49.2 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 17.3 points and 2.3 assists while Collin Sexton is averaging 14.6 points and three rebounds. Cameron Payne is the third double-digit scorer and Rodney Hood is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost each of their last six road games.

The Houston Rockets look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 110.6 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 109.3 points on 47.3 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 33.9 points and 8.6 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 17.6 points and 12.9 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Rivers is grabbing three rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

The Cavaliers are 18-38-1 ATS in their last 57 vs. Western Conference, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central and 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Cavaliers are 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Houston. The over is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 home games. The over is 4-0-1 in Cavaliers last 5 overall.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing almost 54 percent shooting and are being outscored by 22 points in their last five games. The Cavs are also just 5-8 ATS this season as a double-digit underdog, while the Rockets have covered all three games as a double-digit favorite. I don't enjoy laying double-digit chalk in the NBA where games are often close to the line, but the Cavs don't have much going for them at the moment and have been blown out far more times than they haven't. This game is likely going to get ugly. 

Houston Rockets -14.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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