Houston Rockets vs Wizards by Lloyds

Houston-Rockets
VS
Wizards
The Rockets failed to win last night after allowing San Antonio to make a 4th quarter run in the last five minutes of the game. Houston had a rough schedule in these past few games but wins over Memphis and Portland proved that they can cope with anyone. Since Dwight Howard returned to the roster Houston regained their offensive prowess because there was a lack of the scoring in the paint when he was out. The hosts also brought two valuable role players, Corey Brewer and Josh Smith, who found themselves comfortable in the system of coach Kevin McHale.

 

Washington are one of the best teams in the East this season but they haven't been so impressive on the road as they are at home (7-4 on the road, 14-4 at home). Point guard John Wall will cause problems for Houston's defense tonight but if they manage to stop him, they'll basically stop Washington's offense which depends immensely on him. The Wizards are coming off a win over struggling Boston at home (101-88), where they had a good shooting night from behind the arc (12-29 from 3-point range). The Rockets haven't been impressive at home as of late (losses to Atlanta and New Orleans last week) but they are starting to improve thanks to James Harden, who is playing terrific basketball. Harden was just proclaimed as Western Conference Player of the week so he will surely look to build on that. The Rockets are 21-8 (10-5 at home) and currently hold 4th place in the West.

 

I like the Rockets more at this stage because I'm not so convinced on Washington when they play on the road. They are a good team but I don't see how will they stop Harden and Howard who are putting some great numbers in these past few matches. Another thing is tradition, which is largely on Houston's side when they play as a host against the Wizards. Houston are 13-2 against Washington at home, since 1999 (5-0 in the last five seasons).

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Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Rockets -3.5 Pinnacle 1.94 9 103-104 LOST (-9 units)
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