Phoenix Suns at Houston Rockets
|Date & Time||Friday March 15, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston -13 -- Over/Under 225
The Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets duke it out at the Toyota Center on Friday night.
The Phoenix Suns were the doormats of the league all season, but they sprung to life with five wins in seven games before falling short against the Jazz in a 114-97 home loss on Wednesday. Devin Booker led the team with 27 points and six assists, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 points while Tyler Johnson chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Suns shot 43 percent from the field and seven of 19 from the 3-point line, as they rallied in the third quarter to keep the game close until the fourth quarter where the Jazz outscored them by 36-22. With the loss, Phoenix fell to 16-53 overall and 10-24 at home.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been in great form lately, but they will be looking to bounce back after having their nine-game win streak halted by the Warriors in a 106-104 home loss on Wednesday. James Harden led the team with 29 points and 10 assists, Chris Paul added 24 points while Eric Gordon chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Rockets shot 47 percent from the field and 11 of 41 from the 3-point line, but they just couldn’t hold off the shorthanded Warriors who were playing without Kevin Durant. There was just no stopping DeMarcus Cousins who burned them for 27 points and Klay Thompson who finished with 30 points. With the loss, Houston fell to 42-26 overall and 24-10 at home which is good for third place in the Western Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a double-digit loss at home, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600 and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Rockets are 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record, 4-1 ATS in their last five Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the Suns are 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings in Houston.
The Suns were playing some of their best basketball of the season and they were right there with the Jazz heading into the fourth quarter on Wednesday. The same could be said for the Rockets who won nine straight before falling painfully short against the Warriors. The Suns are 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings in Houston and were able to keep the margin to single digits in the last meeting, so I’m backing the Suns with the points in what should be a high scoring affair.