Miami Heat at Houston Rockets Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 1/2/2015
Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Toyota Center in Houston
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The Miami Heat will attempt to snap their three-game losing streak on Saturday night when they go up against the Houston Rockets.
In early November, the Rockets were able to blow out the Heat 108-91 in Miami. Houston did have 16 turnovers in that game, but they made up for it by playing solid defense and outrebounding the Heat 38-34 in the win.
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In 11 games against the Heat, Rockets All-Star James Harden has been able to average 18.3 points, 4.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game. Small forward Trevor Ariza has scored 9.4 points per game against Miami in his career, while veteran center Dwight Howard has averaged a double-double of 17.5 points and 13.2 rebounds per game against them in 37 games.
On Wednesday night, the Heat lost their third game in a row when the Indiana Pacers beat them 106-95 to the Indiana Pacers. They lost that game despite making nearly 50 percent of their shots and only committing 11 turnovers.
The Heat are only giving up 98.1 points per game this season, but they are allowing their opponents to score 94.7 points per game against them. Center Chris Bosh has a solid 22.2 PER on the season by averaging 21.4 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game. Miami's top scorer is veteran Dwyane Wade, who is now scoring 23.2 points per game.
Miami Heat Betting Trends
Miami Heat are 15-18-0 Against the Spread
Miami Heat are 15-18-0 against the Over/Under
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
Houston Rockets are 17-13-1 Against the Spread
Houston Rockets are 12-19-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/15/14 F Josh McRoberts Knee out for season
01/02/15 C Justin Hamilton Concussion doubtful Saturday vs. Houston
12/20/14 G Francisco Garcia None has been released
11/15/14 F Terrence Jones Leg out indefinitely
01/02/15 G Alexey Shved Ankle expected to miss Friday vs. New Orleans
Guy's Pick: Take Houston
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