The Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns have met twice already this season, both coming in December. Houston won both of those games by an average of 10 games. Their last meeting, just before Christmas, was a high-scoring bout that ended 139-125.
The Rockets, currently on a 4-game winning streak, will look to continue their dominance against the Phoenix Suns, who are desperately searching for an end to this 4-game losing streak. With the way the Rockets have been playing lately, this shouldn’t be much of a contest for them.
With the trade deadline passed us now, the Rockets took advantage of it to bolster up their depth. On the other hand, the Phoenix Suns stayed put with what they had and neglected to make a move. That won’t help much this season, but we’ll see if they can turn their bad record into a nice draft pick this offseason.
Houston Rockets Finish Back-to-Back
Houston will be coming off a victory last night against the best team in the West — the LA Lakers. It was a back-and-forth game all night, but the Rockets stood strong in Staples Center 121-11. It was the team’s fourth-straight win as they look to regain momentum in the Western Conference playoff race.
With a healthy roster, the Rockets won’t have much hold them back against Phoenix. They have two new pieces in Robert Covington and Jordan Bell, though they had to give up Clint Capela to get them. That move was likely best for the team as they continue to play small ball.
With the 2nd offense in the league, it seems to be working for them thus far. They currently hold the No. 4 spot in the West with a 32-18 record, though the Utah Jazz have the same record. The Nuggets sit at No. 3 with a three-game lead over Houston, so they’re close but not quite there.
Phoenix Suns Hold Steady at Trade Deadline
The Phoenix Suns have been irrelevant for quite some time, despite having a lot of talent built through the draft. The talent hasn’t come around yet and some are wondering if it ever will. At the end of the day, you have to hand it to Devon Booker for sticking with them. You have to hope they figure it out sooner or later.
They currently sit at 20-31, which is better than usual. They are 6 games out of a playoff spot, but with 31 games left there’s plenty of time. They’ve lost 4 in a row and 7 of their last 10, so a win against a tough Rockets’ team would definitely help spring some momentum heading into the All-Star break.
With that being said, they do rank 2nd in the league in assists per game and have the league’s 13th-best offense. They were rumored to be after Luke Kennard via trade, but those talks came to an end shortly before the trade deadline. With the injuries they’re dealing with, they’ll need help from everywhere on Friday.
Rockets / Suns Betting Lines
The sportsbooks aren’t giving the Suns much chance in this one. BetOnline has the Houston Rockets with the 2.5-point advantage over the Phoenix Suns. They do expect a high-scoring game with the over/under sitting at 235 total points.
Free Betting Pick
I’m going to have to side with the sportsbooks on this one. The Phoenix Suns will be without Dario Saric, Aron Baynes, Ty Jerome, Cameron Johnson, and Tyler Johnson. Meanwhile, the Rockets have a healthy roster with the exception of Bruno Caboclo.
The Rockets have scored more than 120 points in 3 of their 4 games during this streak. The Suns haven’t scored more than 110 in their past 8 games. I think offense wins in this one and that will clearly be the Houston Rockets.
Final Score 123-107, Houston Rockets. Bet the Houston Rockets -2.5 over the Phoenix Suns.