Check out our free Rockets vs 76ers pick and preview for this NBA game in Philadelphia. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Rockets vs 76ers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers
- Where: Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center
- Date: Monday, February 13th
- Betting Odds PHI -14.5, HOU +741 | PHI -1219 O/U 226.0
The Rockets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 13-43. So far, the team has gone 22-32-2 against the spread. The Rockets head into today’s action in the midst of a 5 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -12.4.
Houston will be gunning to get in the win column vs the 76ers, as they previously lost to the Heat by a score of 97-95. However, because they entered as 11 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Houston was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Heat by 2 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Jabari Smith Jr., as he contributed 22 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
The 76ers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 36-19. So far, the team has gone 31-23-1 against the spread. Against the Rockets, the 76ers are looking to add to their current 2 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 7.0.
The 76ers will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Nets by a score of 101-98. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Philadelphia went on to win the game, despite trailing by 8 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Joel Embiid, as he contributed 37 points while hitting 66.7% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Rockets picked up the win 132-123 win over the 76ers. Heading into the game, Houston was the 8.5 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Last year, the Rockets saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the 76ers, averaging 102.0 points per game. As for Houston, they actually improved their points per game numbers in head-to-head matchups, averaging 122.0 points per contest against the 76ers. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the 76ers have an average scoring margin of +12 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. The over-under record in these same games is 4-1, with the teams combining for an average of 236 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Rockets come into today’s game as the 29th ranked scoring offense at 110.1 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Rockets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.1 per contest. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 27th in made field goals per game.
Currently, the Rockets defense is ranked 30th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 118.2 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Rockets offense has primarily worked through Jalen Green and Alperen Sengün who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 52 games, Green is 34th in the NBA at 21.8 points per game. So far, him and Sengün have accounted for 32% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 37.1 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Alperen Sengün is grabbing 8.7 rebounds for Houston to go along with 3.7 assists.
For the season, the 76ers offensive unit is ranked just 16th in scoring at 114.1 points per contest. So far, the 76ers are averaging 97.7 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Philadelphia is just 22nd in shots made inside the arc.
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.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Joel Embiid, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Embiid leads the team in scoring at 33.4 points per game while Harden is 2nd at 21.3. For the season, Embiid is 5th in the NBA in usage rate and 6th in player efficiency. Behind him, Harden has taken 17.2% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 44.9%.
Rockets vs 76ers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Rockets +14.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 226.0