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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets - 1/21/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers
Date & Time Monday January 21, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -5 -- Over/Under: 234
TV Channel
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The Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers meet Monday in NBA action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Houston Rockets look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 112.6 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 35.7 points and 8.5 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 16.2 points and 2.2 assists. Austin Rivers is the third double-digit scorer and Gerald Green is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost six of their last nine road games.

The Philadelphia 76ers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 115.4 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 112.2 points on 45 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 27 points and 13.2 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 19 points and 3.4 assists. JJ Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Simmons is grabbing 9.5 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.6 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won five of their last seven home games.

The Rockets are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Monday games and 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The 76ers are 40-19-1 ATS in their last 60 vs. Western Conference, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southwest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The Rockets are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The over is 5-2 in 76ers last 7 home games. The over is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 overall.

It's tough to turn down free points with the Houston Rockets when you consider how well Harden has played and the fact they've won eight of the last nine meetings against the Philadelphia 76ers. However, Harden continues to have to carry his squad with key guys out and they've struggled to get past mediocre teams of late. The Philadelphia 76ers are enjoying probably their best stretch of the season where they're winning by an average of 13 points while shooting 51.6 percent from the field in their last five games. I have to lay the reasonable chalk with the 76ers at home, as the Rockets are too banged up to compete with some of the better teams on the road.

Philadelphia 76ers -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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