2019-20 NBA Season (74 NBA Season)
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m ET (AmericanAirlines Arena)
Over/Under: 220; Rockets -4
In Sunday night's interconference matchup, the Houston Rockets (3-2) are playing against the Atlanta Hawks (4-1) at the AmericanAirlines Arena. This game can be watched on SUN, ATSW, and live streaming services. According to the Land of Basketball database, based on 64 games played head-to-head in the regular season, the all-time series record between these two teams is split at 32 wins each. Excluding preseason, in the previous meeting on Feb. 28, 2019, the Rockets won 121-118 at the Toyota Center. However, Miami won 101-99 at home on Dec. 20, 2018. Then, the Heat swept the Rockets in the 2016-17 season. In the 2017-18 season, Houston completed a two-game sweep against them. Moreover, in the Rockets' 123-116 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, point guard James Harden scored 36 points, earned 5 total rebounds, 8 assists, no steals, and no blocks. Guard Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 7 total rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block.
Small forward Danuel House Jr. finished his night with 15 points, 5 rebounds, no assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. Houston's bench had a combined total of 19 points versus the Nets. Unfortunately, considering the Rockets allowed 37 points in the second quarter and 34 points in the third, this was once again a poor defensive effort overall. Houston shot 41-99 (41.4 percent) from the field, 25 percent from the three-point arc, and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. Additionally, the team had 40 rebounds, 21 assists, 13 steals, 4 blocks, 52 points in the paint, and 21 fouls called against them. Both Brooklyn and Houston had a lead as large as 15 points in this matchup. Their lower three-point shooting percentage also contributed to the Rockets' loss Friday night. Meanwhile, in Miami's 106-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Halloween night, shooting guard Kendrick Nunn scored 28 points, accumulated 2 rebounds, no assists, 2 steals, and no blocks. Center Meyer Leonard finished his night with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, no steals, and 2 blocks.
Plus, small forward Duncan Robinson ended his game with 12 points and 3 rebounds. The Heat's bench had a combined total of 33 points. Although the Hawks have struggled in recent seasons, this was still a great win on the road for Miami. They scored 30 points in the first quarter and 33 points in the third. For other in-depth game statistics, Miami shot 40-84 (47.6 percent) from the field, 37.8 percent from beyond the arc, and 63.2 percent at the free throw line. Therefore, the Heat should aim to improve their free throw shooting performances this season. This could be the difference-maker in more competitive games. Furthermore, Miami had 51 rebounds, 29 assists, 12 steals, 9 blocks, 48 points in the paint, and 18 fouls called against them. Their largest lead of the game was by 18 points as well. With the Hawks beginning their series 0-2 versus Miami, this could be a long season for the organization. Kendrick Nunn is leading the Heat for points, averaging 22.4 points per game.
The Houston Rockets' Betting Trends pinpoints a dominating .813 winning percentage in the past sixteen games played against Eastern Conference opponents
The Houston Rockets are 1-5 SU in their previous six games played on the road. They are also 0-5 ATS in the last five games played this season, and the total has gone under in four of Houston's past five games played against the Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Houston is 13-3 SU in their past sixteen games played versus Eastern Conference teams, and the total has gone over in four of the Rockets' last five games played against Southeast division opponents. Heading into Sunday night's game, the Rockets rank third in the Southwest division and second in the Western Conference. According to the Vegas Insider NBA betting odds, the Houston Rockets have 5/1 odds to win the Western Conference title and 9/1 odds to win the NBA championship this season. They currently trail the Los Angeles Clippers (5/2), Los Angeles Lakers (7/2), Milwaukee Bucks (6/1) and Philadelphia 76ers (7/1) for championship odds.
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