Check out our free Wizards vs Rockets pick and preview for this NBA game in Houston. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.

Wizards vs Rockets NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Washington Wizards at Houston Rockets
  • Where: Houston at Toyota Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 25th
  • Betting Odds HOU +3.5, WAS -158 | HOU +130 O/U OFF

The Wizards come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 21-26. So far, the team has gone 21-25-1 against the spread. Washington comes into the game having rattled off 3 straight wins. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of 10.67 points.

Washington is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Mavericks. With the 127-126 victory, they also covered the spread as 7 point underdogs. The Wizards made things more interesting than they hoped, as they gave back some of their 5 point halftime lead, by being outscored in the 2nd half. Leading the team in scoring was Kyle Kuzma, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 52.2% of his shots.

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The Rockets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 11-36. So far, the team has gone 17-28-2 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Houston is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.

Houston is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Timberwolves at home. With the 119-114 victory, they also covered the spread as 6 point underdogs. Houston and the Timberwolves entered the second half all tied at 56. In the win, Jalen Green led the team in scoring with 42 points on a field goal percentage of 60.0%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

In their 2 wins over the Wizards, the Rockets won by scores of 114-111 and 111-97. Similar to their season-long average, the Wizards averaged 104.0 points per game vs the Rockets. Similar to the Wizards, the Rockets scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Washington, the team averaged 114.5 points per game. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 3-2 in favor of the Rockets. In these matchups, Houston has averaged 122 points per game, while allowing 117. In these contests, they averaged a combined 239 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 47 games, Washington is averaging 112.8 points per game (22nd). So far, the Wizards are averaging 98.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. So far, the Wizards offensive game plan has revolved around working the ball inside, as despite being a below-average team in pace they are 11th in made 2-point field goals per game.

Against the Rockets, the Wizards will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 16th in points allowed.

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Wizards 2nd leading scorer, Kristaps Porzingis. In his 41 games, Porzingis is averaging 22.1 points per game while dishing out 2.4 assists and grabbing 8.8 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Kyle Kuzma, who leads the team and is 32nd in the NBA at 22.0 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 45.9% of his field goal attempts while taking 21.0% of the team’s shots from the floor.

Through 47 games, the Rockets are averaging 109.9 points per contest, placing them 29th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 11th, with an average of 19.1 made free-throws 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.

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Rockets 2nd leading scorer, Kevin Porter Jr.. In his 40 games, Porter Jr. is averaging 19.2 points per game while dishing out 5.6 assists and grabbing 5.4 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Jalen Green, who leads the team and is 30th in the NBA at 22.1 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 41.6% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.3% of the team’s shots from the floor.

Wizards vs Rockets Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Wizards -3.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over OFF

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