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Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns - 4/7/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Phoenix Suns at Houston Rockets
Date & Time Sunday April 7, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Toyota Center
Houston, Texas
The Line
The Line: Houston Rockets -18.5 -- Over/Under: 224.5
TV Channel
NBAtv, ATSW, FSAZ+
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The Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets meet Sunday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Phoenix Suns could use a win after losing 10 of their last 14 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 107.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 116.4 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 26.6 points and 6.8 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 18 points and four rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Deandre Ayton is grabbing 10.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.4 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost six of their last nine road games.

The Houston Rockets look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 113.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 46.7 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 36.2 points and 7.6 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 16.5 points and 12.7 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is dishing 8.2 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won each of their last six home games.

The Suns are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southwest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Rockets are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Suns are 21-7 ATS in the last 28 meetings in Houston and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 18-7-2 in Rockets last 27 overall. The over is 5-1 in Suns last 6 overall.

The Houston Rockets are starting to peak at the right time, which includes winning by an average of 23.8 points during their current five-game winning streak. The Rockets are also 8-3 ATS this season as a double-digit favorite. While there's a clear gap between these two teams, the Phoenix Suns can score the basketball, which includes 50.3 percent shooting and 117.6 points in their last five games. When these teams played about three weeks ago, the Rockets only won by six points despite being 12-point favorites. The meeting back in February was decided by just eight points. I simply can't leave this many free buckets on the table.

Pick:
Phoenix Suns +18.5

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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