The NBA action set for this Tuesday, February 2nd brings another edition of East meets West on Tuesday night, when the Miami Heat head into the Toyota Center to face the Houston Rockets at 8 PM EST on NBATV. Neither of these two teams is being looked at as a legitimate contender for the NBA crown, but both will be looking to end the first half with a strong finish in hopes that the momentum and a much better performance in the second half of the season will help them to improve their odds to win the NBA championship.
Houston enters this game fresh from a 1-point loss against the Washington Wizards on Saturday night (122-123). The Rockets were led by James Harden, who scored 40 points on 20 shots. Dwight Howard added 20 before being ejected for the second straight game in the second half.
Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets Odds and Game Info
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 2nd, 8:00 PM
Location: Toyota Center
TV: ROOT, NBATV
NBA Odds: TBA
Radio: 790 AM
How to bet Miami Heat Vs Houston Rockets
Given their recent form, it would appear that these two teams might be headed in opposite directions. The Rockets are on a losing streak right now, but may be favored on home court. The Heat are putting together a nice winning run, which might be enough to convince you to add them to your winning ticket. The full odds for this one will be up at the MyBookie.ag NBA betting page as soon as they are made available.
Why Bet on the Miami Heat
As I mentioned a moment ago, the Heat (27-21) are enjoying a run of form that has seen them reel off 4 straight wins, with 3 of those victories coming on the road. Those victories helped Miami break out of a minor funk, and the now have to be heading out on this current 3-game road swing with a real sense of confidence. The Heat are now just a single game under .500 on the road this season, and are sure to be buoyed by the fact that they already have a win over the Rockets in this campaign. That victory was a 109-89 drubbing of Houston in Miami on the opening night of the season. The Heat are getting the job done on defense this season, as they are second best in the league with just 95.6 PPG against. On the offensive side of the court, they are averaging 95.9 PPG.
Why Bet on the Houston Rockets
The Rockets (25-25) have slipped back to playing .500 ball after working hard to overcome a truly awful start to the season. A big part of the Rockets problem this year has been their play on defense, as they are all too often dragged into shootout style games that requires their offense to come up big. Things might be a little different against a low-scoring Heat side, as the Rocket tend to do well when they keep their opponents under 100 points. They have actually won 4 of their last 5 games when they have been able to achieve that goal. Houston does have a 15-12 winning record at home this season, so they also have that in their favor. The Rockets are averaging 105.1 PPG, and are giving up 106.6 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Like so many other professional sports, the team in basketball that wins on a regular basis is generally the one that has momentum on their side. That would be the Miami Heat in this match-up, and it’s why I think they will get the win on the road in Houston.
Miami Heat 103 Houston Rockets 99