The Houston Rockets may not play a lick of defense, but they’re still looking like a great pro hoops lines pick to take down the lowly Philadelphia 76ers when they square off on Wednesday night. Here’s why.
How to Bet the Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Odds, Game & TV Info
When: Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: CSNP, RTSW
NBA Odds: TBA
Why Bet the Houston Rockets
The Rockets (31-32 SU, 27-36 ATS) are a great bet in this contest simply because they have one of the most explosive offenses in the league and will be able to outscore an overmatched Sixers team with one consistent scoring threat in rookie big man Jahlil Okafor.
The Rockets beat Toronto 113-107 on Sunday as an 8-point road dog and average nine points per game more than Philly while giving up almost one fewer point per game defensively.
Why Bet the Philadelphia 76ers
There really is no good reason to back the Sixers (8-55 SU, 28-34 ATS) in this contest people. Philly has lost each of their last 10 games while going 3-7 ATS along the way. Philadelphia did put up a good effort in falling to Miami 103-98 on Sunday while covering the spread as a 14-point road dog, but Houston is far more dangerous than Miami offensively.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
While the lowly Sixers will not beat the Rockets in this contest, there is a strong indication that they’ll manage to cover the spread. Here are some key trends that back up that suggestion.
• 76ers are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 vs. Western Conference.
• 76ers are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Southwest.
• Underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
• Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
• Rockets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Philadelphia.
The Rockets win but Philly covers the spread with just a bit of room to spare.
My final score prediction: Houston 107 Philadelphia 100