The Houston Rockets have continued their NBA Betting Online success from last year as the top team in the Southwest Division. Sharpshooter James Harden has made Houston one of the top offensive teams in the NBA. The Miami Heat are primed for a return to the playoffs after missing out last year. The Heat lead the Southeast Division. Defense is what has ignited the Miami resurgence. The Rockets host the Heat Monday night.
Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets
Date and Time: Monday, January 22, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
Heat +9½ (-110) 214½ (-110)
Rockets -9½ (-110) 214½ (-110)
Heat vs. Rockets TV Coverage: NBA TV
The Miami Heat have an NBA Betting Online record of 27-19 straight up and 21-23-2 against the spread. Miami has been a solid betting value on the road. The Heat are 15-10 against the spread in away games. Miami has gone under the total in 15 out of 25 away games. The Heat boast the fourth ranked scoring defense in the NBA. That strong defensive effort has been offset by an anemic offense however. The Heat offense has been ice cold this season. Miami ranks 27th in the NBA for scoring. To make matters worse the leading Miami scorer, Goran Dragic, is questionable for this game. Dragic has a bothersome quadricep. Miami is coming off a 106-105 win at Charlotte. The Heat have gone over the total in three out of their last four games.
The Houston Rockets are 32-12 straight up and 22-21-1 against the spread. Houston has covered just ten out of 23 home games. The Rockets have gone over the total in 14 out of 23 home games. Houston boasts the second ranked scoring offense in the NBA. Their defense ranks 19th for points allowed in the NBA. James Harden has been sensational with an average of 31.5 points per game. The Rockets are in good form with five payouts in their last six games. Houston is coming off a 116-108 home payout over Golden State. The Rockets have gone under the total in four straight games.
Team vs Team Odds Comparison
Miami has had the most recent Online sportsbook success in this head to head series. The Heat have covered three out of their last four meetings against the Rockets. The Heat and Rockets have gone under the total in four out of their last six meetings. Houston has had the better of this series at Toyota Center however. The Rockets have covered the spread in nine out of their last 13 home games against the Heat. The Heat and Rockets have gone over the total in nine out of their last 11 games at Houston.
Matchup to Watch
This matchup has the classic NBA Betting Online contrast of the high octane Houston offense against the suffocating Miami defense. The mediocre Houston defense going up against the anemic Miami offense somewhat counters that. The difference maker is Harden.
Heat vs. Rockets NBA games Betting Odds Picks
This matchup has been dominated by the Rockets at Toyota Center. Houston also will boast the best player on the floor. With that in mind the Houston Rockets are the call.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Houston Rockets
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Rockets 115, Heat 102
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