Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/31/2014
Tuesday, April 1, 8:00 PM on TNT
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
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The game of the night for the NBA Tuesday docket is a matchup of two playoff teams going to battle in Brooklyn. The Nets have used strong play since the calendar turned to 2014 to climb the ranks all the way to the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Rockets find themselves in a similar situation as they try to hold on to a 2.5 game advantage for the #4 seed and a first round home playoff advantage.
Houston travels to Brooklyn after a devastating loss to the Clippers as -1.5 home favorites. Prior to that the Rockets had won 5 straight and covered the number in 4 of those 5 games. The Rockets have been favored in 8 of their last 10 games but have gone just 6-4 SU in that time.
Brooklyn brings a two game winning streak into Tuesday night's tilt with the Rockets. The Nets are making a last ditch effort at earning home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs as they trail Chicago by just 1.5 games with 10 to go. The Nets have gone 7-3 SU in their last 10 with 4 wins coming against potential playoff teams.
Brooklyn would like to not only improve their playoff seeding but avenge a 114-95 loss to Houston back in November. The Rockets were favored by a whopping 11 points at home in that game and were able to cover in a 19-point win behind 21 points from Chandler Parsons. Between the two teams 11 players scored in double figures which helped the 204.5 total go over.
Houston is 17-18-0 ATS on the road this season
Houston is 18-17-0 against the over/under on the road this season
Brooklyn is 16-22-0 ATS at home this season
Brooklyn is 17-21-0 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/31/14 C Dwight Howard Ankle doubtful Tuesday vs. Brooklyn
03/28/14 G Patrick Beverley Knee out indefinitely
02/20/14 G Ronnie Brewer Ankle out indefinitely
01/25/14 F Greg Smith Knee out indefinitely
12/22/13 C Brook Lopez Foot out for season
03/31/14 G Marcus Thornton Back injured last game, doubtful Tuesday vs. Houston
03/31/14 F Andrei Kirilenko Ankle doubtful Tuesday vs. Houston
03/22/14 F Kevin Garnett Back out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Brooklyn
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