- Heat at Rockets Betting Preview
- Heat at Rockets Betting Pick
The Miami Heat (10-14) will go to the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets (11-13). The Miami Heat are coming off a 3 game win streak including back-to-back wins against Derrick Rose and the New York Knicks.
Miami beat the Knicks in their last contest with a score of 98-96. Miami finished shooting 37.1% from the field. They earned 38 rebounds and had 21 assists as a team.
Looking at the Heat
On defense they allowed the Knicks to shoot 42.5% from the floor. The Knicks has 22 assists and pulled down 46 rebounds.
Jimmy Butler dominated the floor in this game. He scored 26 points with 10 assists and 8 rebounds. He was on the court for 36:20 played and shot 40% from the floor.
Another player who played a big role on the court was Kelly Olynyk. He ended the game shooting 70% by going 7-10 with 6 of those shots being from behind the arc. He earned 20 points, 2 assists, and 3 rebounds.
Miami is losing possession 16.6 times a game and is committing 19.6 fouls per game. They rank 10th in passing with 612 dimes this season and the Heat average 106.9 points per game ranking them 27th in the NBA.
Defensively they are forcing their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per game while drawing 21.0 personal fouls. They rank 7th in the league in points per game allowed with 110.1.
Rockets to the Moon
The Houston Rockets last game ended in defeat against the New Orleans Pelicans with a score of 130-101. The Rockets were able to pull a total of 37 rebounds with 5 steals and 4 blocks.
The Rockets were able to reach the free throw line 21 but could only convert 12 of them (57.1%). They went 13 for 43 (30.2%) from beyond the arc and at the end of the game, they finished with 38 out of 91 shots made.
The Rocket’s defense allowed the Pelicans to score 47 of their 92 shots giving them a shooting percentage of 51.1%. The Pelicans made it to the free-throw line 28 times knocking down 24 of the shots. Houston let the Pelicans come down with a large 55 rebounds.
John Wall was a major impact on his squad in this game. He went 11 for 23 from the field giving him 25 points. Wall was on the court for 34:25 minutes pulling down 4 boards and dishing out 6 passes.
Another impact player for the Rockets was Eric Gorgon. He played for 33:44 minutes scoring 23 points going 8 of 19 from the floor.
As a team, Houston is shooting 45.1% this season, which is 21st in the league. They average 109.9 points per game and 15.4 turnovers a game.
On the defensive side, they are 9th in the League in points surrendered with 110.2 per game. The Houston defense concedes 35.6% on 3 pointers (280 of 787) and allows opponents to shoot 45.0% from the floor putting them at 9th in the league.
In their matchup against Miami, the Rockets are missing Christian Wood and Victor Oladipo due to injuries that are going to impact the Rockets severely.
John Wall is going to have to step up. He is averaging 19.2 points per game with 6 assists which isn’t bad but everyone knows Wall can and needs to do better. Eric Gordon is expected to perform up to this level as well if they want a chance to win.
Heat at Rockets Betting Pick
The Miami Heat is the 1.5- point favorites with the Over/Under set at 223. We are going with Miami to win this game.
Without Oladipo and Wood, there won’t be a good balance in the frontcourt and backcourt and will ultimately lead to the Rockets Demise.