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Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 3/8/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets
Date & Time Friday March 8, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Toyota Center
Houston, TX
The Line
The Line: Houston -7
TV Channel
ESPN, NSPA, ATSW
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The Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets duke it out at the Toyota Center on Friday night.

The Philadelphia 76ers have been on a nice run lately as they’ve won seven of their last 11 games, but they will be looking to bounce back after falling just short against the lottery-bound Bulls in a 108-107 road loss on Wednesday. Jimmy Butler led the team with 22 points and four assists, Ben Simmons added 18 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists while JJ Redick chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the 76ers shot 46 percent from the field and eight of 24 from the 3-point line, but their offense fell apart in the fourth quarter where they managed just 21 points. Joel Embiid sat out a seventh straight game with a sore left knee and has already been listed as out for Friday. With the loss, Philadelphia fell to 41-24 overall which is good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been in terrific form as they’ve won 10 of their past 13 games and they will be gunning for a seventh straight win after blowing past the Raptors in a 107-95 road win on Tuesday. James Harden led the team with 35 points on 12 of 30 shooting, Gerald Green added 18 points off the bench while Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers each scored 13 points. As a team, the Rockets shot 44 percent from the field and 15 of 34 from the 3-point line as they squandered a 22-point lead, before outscoring the Raptors by 38-24 in the fourth quarter to claim an impressive road win to improve to 46-19 overall which is currently good for third place in the Western Conference standings.

Looking at the betting trends, the 76ers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss, 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games against a team with a home record above .600 and 20-9 ATS in their last 29 Friday games. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team above .600.

Head to head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in Houston and the 76ers are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.

These squads last met on Jan 21 where the 76ers routed the Rockets by 121-93. The 76ers have added Tobias Harris to their starting lineup since then, but they’ve been struggling for consistency in the absence of Embiid who has missed the last seven games with a sore left knee. The Rockets have gotten healthy since the last meeting and they’re currently riding a six-game win streak, so I like their chances to exact revenge while the 76ers are shorthanded.

Pick:
Houston -7
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