With the trade deadline now upon us, there are a number of teams that are sure to be sellers in the market. The Phoenix Suns are likely to be in that group, as the general consensus is that they need to blow up their current roster and start fresh. The Houston Rockets are still on the cusp of a playoff spot, and may make a couple of changes in order to try and push on in the second half. Whatever the case, these are a pair of teams in trouble, and both are in need of some wins in order to inject some life back into their respective seasons. The Rockets are likely going to be the favorite for this pro basketball odds bout, especially given the recent woes of the Suns.
Houston Rockets Vs Phoenix Suns NBA Odds, TV and Game Info
Why bet on the Houston Rockets
It has been a roller coaster ride of epic proportions for the Houston Rockets (27-28) so far this season. They got off to a horrible start to the season, made a coaching change, and appeared to have righted the ship. The last few weeks have seen them return to early season form, though, and that ship has well and truly been steered off course again. The All-Star Break came at a good time for the Rockets. They were on a 3-game losing skid, and had only picked up 3 wins in their 10 games heading into the mid-season break. One of the wins that came during that period was against the Suns, which helped Houston go 6-2 in their last 8 meetings with Phoenix. Another stat in the favor of the Rockets is that they are 14-10 against teams with a losing record this season. Houston are averaging 105.0 PPG, and are giving up 106.8 PPG.
Why bet on the Phoenix Suns
There really is very little to like about this Phoenix Suns (14-40) team right now, as they are currently mired in a 9-game losing skid that shows no sign of coming to a halt. There is the distinct feeling that this roster is going to look very different after the trade deadline, and those changes, assuming they happen, may help inject some new life into the Suns locker room. It’s certainly going to be too little too late for this season, but the Suns really have to start thinking about what they want to look like moving forward. More bad news for Phoenix is that they have been on the losing end of things the last 4 times that Houston have come to visit. Does that streak get extended on Friday, or can the Suns turn it around? Phoenix are averaging 100.5, and are giving up 106.8 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Say what you want about the Rockets, they do have the ability to put points on the board, and given that the Suns seem to love giving points up, it seems like a match made in heaven. I like the Rockets to win a close one.
Houston Rockets 107 Phoenix Suns 103