Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets (By: Miyagi)

The Rockets didn't have a great start in December as they won their very first game against the Bulls but then went on to lose their next three games. Then Harden got in the zone and took matters into his own hands leading his team to 5 straight wins against tough opponents.

Harden is currently on fire and he puts up a show night after night, carrying his team almost on his own; he averages 38.6 points in his last 5 games shooting with 41% from the three-point line while he makes a bit more than 4 three-pointers per game during that span.

The Heat are still struggling with injuries, coach Spoelstra is probably counting heads day after day to see who's gonna be available, and most of those are in guard positions and at the moment they have 2 out (Dragic, Waiters) and 3 questionable (Richardson, Winslow, Johnson) with Richardson the one with the highest possibility of dressing up today.

Miami ranks among the worst teams in defending 3P shots as their opponents shoot with a high 36.4% which has been even worse in their last 3 games (38%). As a team, they allow on average 3.7 three-pointers per game from Harden's position.

Harden, who averages 11 three-point attempts on an easy night, will look for that long-range shot, especially when Whiteside will be on the court guarding the basket for the Heat and the way he shoots at the moment, he should have no trouble making at least 4 three-pointers. This line is available in most companies but not bet365, where the total of 45.5 (Pts+Reb+Ast) is a good alternative.

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Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
James Harden - Over 3.5 ThreePointFieldGoals (Made) Pinnacle 1.94 8 14 WON (+7.52 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).
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