Houston Rockets (44-26) @ Atlanta Hawks (24-47)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 7:30PM ET (State Farm Arena)
Lines and Odds: Houston Rockets (-8), Over/Under: 231.5
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In this Tuesday night matchup, the Houston Rockets will travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks. The Rockets have been flying high as of late, demolishing the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-102 and winning eleven of their last twelve. The Hawks are coming off an away loss to the Orlando Magic 101-91, and have only won two of their last five. They will look to have the Rockets on upset alert tonight at home.
The Houston Rockets currently sit at third place in the Western Conference, only 3.5 games behind both the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors, and a single game behind the Portland Trail Blazers. The Rockets have only lost one game since February 21, so it’s fair to say that Houston has found their identity at the right time, with the playoffs around the corner. In their 117-102 win versus the Minnesota Timberwolves, veteran Chris Paul led the scoring with 25 points, tying his career high with 6 three-pointers, while leading in assists with 10 for the night. MVP candidate James Harden played with a strained neck, but still put up 20 points and 10 assists. This is the 13th game this season where Houston has shot 21 3-pointers, and shot at a stunning 42%, one of their better performances this season. Clint Capela is also getting better acclimated to the system, attaining a game-high 13 rebounds (6 offensive). James Harden leads the Rockets this season with 35.9 PPG on 43.5 FG% and 7.6 APG, while Clint Capela leads with 12.5 RPG. They will look to keep the engine going against the lowly Hawks tonight.
The Atlanta Hawks are coming in as the twelfth seed in the Eastern Conference, 4.5 games ahead of the Chicago Bulls and six games behind the Washington Wizards. In Sunday’s loss at the Orlando Magic, Rookie of the Year candidate Trae Young led the way with 20 points and 5 assists, while Dewayne Dedmon led with 14 rebounds. John Collins, who has been sensationally this year, was fouled out on Sunday, after just 20 minutes of playing time, scoring 10 points. Tonight they will attempt to snap Houston’s five-game road win streak, which will be tough as they attempt to improve their draft lottery position. Look for Trae Young and John Collins to be relied upon heavily on the offensive end, as their 26th overall defense is not expected to do much to a championship contender. On the bright side, the Hawks have averaged 123.1 points since the All-Star Break, which doesn’t come as a surprise since this was the same time that Trae Young was placed in the conversation for ROY. John Collins leads the Hawks this season in points and rebounds with 19.7 PPG and 9.8 RPG, while Trae Young leads with 7.7 APG.
Cover the Spread 365 Betting Trends
Houston is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 8 games
Houston is 5-9-1 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta’s last 10 games
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Expect Houston and Atlanta to both come out firing with perimeter shots, in attempt to get ahead of one-another. This won’t work however, as both defenses will attempt to take away perimeter shooting. Trae Young and his backcourt will have a tough time working against James Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon. And if this fails for Houston, which is a rarity, expect them to switch up to the pick-and-roll game with Clint Capela as the focal point. Houston should win in comfortable fashion and cover the spread.
Pick: Houston Rockets (-8)