After their poor performance in Memphis, the Miami Heat will go to Houston this evening looking to get back to winning ways. It may be the second game in as many nights on the road, but expect to see the Heat fired up and angry about their defeat to the Grizzlies.
The Rockets got off to a great start thanks to the acquisition of James Harden, but the bubble seems to have burst early and Houston only ended a three-game losing streak at the weekend because they were playing the woeful Detroit Pistons. Harden and Jeremy Lin will give the Rockets a chance and 2.92 for a Rockets win in regulation looks tempting, but it's doubtful Miami will slip up again.
The Chicago Bulls host the Boston Celtics tonight in a battle of two teams trying to keep up with Miami. Chicago, without the injured Derrick Rose, have managed to compile a 4-2 record, but have had to work hard for nearly every win.
The Celtics will be playing their third game in four nights and as a veteran team, this can take its toll. But after a slow start, they finally showed what they are capable of in Saturday's win at Milwaukee. The key was promoting sixth man Jason Terry to the starting line-up; the Celtics looked more dangerous with Terry starting in place of the underperforming Courtney Lee.
Boston need a statement game and this could be their chance as Rose's replacement, Kirk Hinrich, is doubtful because of a hip injury. If that's the case then the Bulls will have to throw Nate Robinson or rookie Marcus Teague at Boston's star point guard, Rajon Rondo. The 2.42 offered for Boston to win is good value.
The Detroit Pistons are trying avoid their worst start to a season, but in order finally win at the eighth attempt, they will have to beat the surging Oklahoma Thunder. Despite Detroit's home advantage, Thunder to win with a -6.5 handicap at 1.91 is worth serious consideration.
Bet of the day: Back Miami Heat on a handicap of -5 over the Houston Rockets at 1.91.