The Houston Rockets are one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season. They boast a 19-14 record and the most explosive offense in the league, rattling up 106.1 points per night. They’ve also the second most porous defence, shipping 103.4 per game, but that’s making them both fun to watch and a side to look for in the biggest points tallies.
Their run and gun style has proved extremely effective, with their only two defeats from their last ten games coming against San Antonio and Oklahoma City - no disgrace at all. And they’ve a great chance to improve their standing still further when they visit Cleveland on Saturday.
The Cavaliers ground out a 106-104 win over New Orleans last night when the Rockets were drubbing the Bucks by 14 and although Kyrie Irving is averaging 23.1 per game, he’s had little help since Anderson Varejao went down injured. That could make it easy pickings for Omer Asik in the middle and with James Harden still rolling, back Houston for lift off on the handicap of -6.5 or take over the points line of 210.
The Los Angeles Clippers emerged on top in Friday’s clash with the Lakers and they’ll now look for a little quick revenge on Golden State after their loss to the Warriors earlier this week. In fact, Golden State have been responsible for two of the Clippers’ eight defeats so far and they’ve had the benefit of a break since that mid-week victory.
It’s been a tough stretch for LA with four games in five days while the Warriors have yet to lose this season with 2 days or more rest. Even though they’re on the road, a punt on Golden State on the handicap of +5.5 at 1.91 might pay off.
Bet of the day: Take Houston on the handicap over Cleveland at 1.91.