Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 1/3/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets

Friday, January 3, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Toyota Center)

HOU -4.5

TV: ESPN

The Philadelphia 76ers go to the Toyota Center on Friday to take on the Houston Rockets in Houston, Texas. The 76ers are on a three-game losing streak at the moment. Philadelphia has lost to the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers in their losing streak.

The 76ers are having a rare skid, as they are typically one of the best teams in basketball. The expectations began to increase for the 76ers when they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day, but they have not been able to meet expectations for most games after that matchup. The 76ers have had trouble spacing this season, as they have Joell Embiid, Al Horford, and Ben Simmons for long periods in-game.

The Houston Rockets are coming off of a win over the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets have won three of their last five games. 

The Houston Rockets are 23-11 on the season and are fourth in Western Conference. The Houston Rockets are one of the best teams on offense, as they generate the second-most points per game in the NBA. However, the Rockets have done very well on defense as well, as the Rockets are ninth in the NBA, and with the combination of their offense and defense, they are one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA.

Philadelphia is 15-17 ATS this season
76ers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss.
Houston is 17-17 ATS this season
Rockets are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games playing on two days rest.

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets have had a very similar season so far. Many could argue that they have similar issues as well on the court, as James Harden and Russell Westbrook struggle to find continuity on the court together at times, and Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons seem to deal with similar issues as well. I think the winner is whoever's best two players have better performances, that will be enough to pull a win out. I don't see the Philadelphia 76ers having such a long losing streak, so I think that they bounce back in this one and win a close game in Houston. Final Score Prediction, Philadelphia 76ers win 111 - 108.
 

Joshua’s Pick 76ers +4.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.