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76ers vs Rockets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets
- Where: Houston at Toyota Center
- Date: Monday, December 5th
- Betting Odds HOU +7, PHI -289 | HOU +228 O/U 221.5
The 76ers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 12-11. So far, the team has gone 12-10-1 against the spread. Against the Rockets, the 76ers are looking to break out of a 2 game losing streak. They have lost these games by an average of -18.0 points.
Not only did the 76ers drop their last game to the Grizzlies. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 117-109 as 5 point underdogs. Philadelphia got off to a slow start, trailing by 10 points going into halftime. In the loss, Joel Embiid led the team in scoring with 35 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
The Rockets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 6-17. So far, the team has gone 10-11-2 against the spread. Against the spread, Houston has a mark of 1-2. Straight up, their record is 1-2 in these games.
Houston is trying to bounce back from a 120-101 loss to the Warriors. Going into this game, the team was 11 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Houston struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip home at a 16 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Kevin Porter Jr. led the team in scoring with 20 points on a field goal percentage of 37.5%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
This season, the 76ers will look to continue their strong play over Houston, as they won both of last year’s matchups. Philadelphia won game 1 of the series by a score of 133-111, and wrapped up the head-to-head meetings with a 133-113 victory. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the 76ers averaged 122.0 points per game vs Houston, which was an increase over their season-long average. However, the Rockets actually averaged fewer points per game than their season-long mark. Across their head-to-head matchups with Philadelphia, the team averaged 102.0 points per game. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the 76ers. In these matchups, Philadelphia has averaged 126 points per game, while allowing 105. The over-under record in these same games is 3-2, with the teams combining for an average of 231 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The 76ers come into today’s game as the 28th ranked scoring offense at 108.3 points per game. So far, the 76ers are averaging 96.4 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 29th in made field goals per game.
Against the Rockets, the 76ers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 8th ranked unit at 107.33 points per game.
On offense, Joel Embiid leads the 76ers in scoring at 31.4 points per game, placing him 3rd in the NBA. Overall, Embiid has hit 51.0% of his shots while accounting for 24.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 12th in points allowed to centers. At 16.43 points per game, Tobias Harris is the 2nd leading scorer for the 76ers. For the season, he is 145th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting an effective field goal percentage of 18.88.
For the season, the Rockets offensive unit is ranked just 24th in scoring at 110.0 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.0 made 3’s per game. If Houston continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 17th in the league in possessions per game.
On defense, the Rockets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 30th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
On offense, Jalen Green leads the Rockets in scoring at 21.35 points per game, placing him 36th in the NBA. Overall, Green has hit 41.3% of his shots while accounting for 20.1% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 11th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 18.82 points per game, Kevin Porter Jr. is the 2nd leading scorer for the Rockets. For the season, he is 164th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting an effective field goal percentage of 18.0.
76ers vs Rockets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: 76ers -7.0
- Free Total Prediction: Over 221.5