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Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards - 12/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Wizards (12-19) at Houston Rockets (15-14)
Date & Time Wednesday December 19, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Houston Rockets -11 -- Over/Under: 225
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The Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The Washington Wizards could use a big win here after losing five of their last six games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 112.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 116.9 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.2 points and 4.6 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 21.5 points and 8.9 assists. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost their last four road games. 

The Houston Rockets look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Houston Rockets are averaging 108.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 47.5 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31.5 points and 8.2 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 17.2 points and 11.7 rebounds. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.8 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won their last four home games.

The Wizards are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-22 ATS in their last 27 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Wizards are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Houston and the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Rockets last 7 overall. The over is 5-1 in Wizards last 6 overall.

I'm done backing the Washington Wizards until further notice, and I'm not laying big chalk with a Rockets team that's hot and cold and continues to have issues defensively. So, I'm taking my chances with the over. The over is a popular trend for both the Wizards and Rockets, and it's an even stronger trend when these teams meet. When the Rockets and Wizards played about a month ago, it needed overtime and produced a combined 266 points. Five of the last six meetings between the Wizards and Rockets have produced no less than 220 points. Wizards games are averaging 229.5 points in their last five games. Give me the over.

Over 225

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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