Houston Rockets vs. Brooklyn Nets Free Spread Pick
The Houston Rockets will head east this Tuesday night to the Barclays Center to face the Brooklyn Nets in the first of a quick two-game road trip against the Eastern Conference. The game is set to get underway at 8 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on TNT.
Point Spread: Brooklyn -2.5
Total Line: 207
Rockets vs. Nets Game Overview
Houston has a firm grasp on the fourth playoff seed in the Western Conference with an overall straight-up record of 49-23. Its recent five-game winning streak came to an end this past Saturday with a 118-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers as a one-point home favorite. The total in that game went OVER the 216-point closing line. The Rockets are 4-2 against the spread in their last six games and the total has gone OVER in seven of their last eight outings.
The Rockets remain one of the most talented teams in the NBA, but they have been plagued with consistency issues down the stretch. Since March 1 they have posted two five-game winning streaks sandwiched around a three-game losing streak which included road losses to Oklahoma City, Chicago and Miami both SU and ATS. Houston is 20-15 SU on the road this season, but it has failed to cover in four of its last five road games. Another concern for Tuesday night is the loss of Dwight Howard, who remains sidelined with an ankle injury.
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Brooklyn is coming off a 114-99 win over Minnesota this past Sunday as a 3.5-point home favorite. It is now 9-3 SU in its last 12 games with an 8-4 mark ATS. The total has gone OVER in its last seven games. The Nets are currently holding the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings at 39-33 both SU and ATS on the year. They are 25-11 SU at home this season with a solid 22-14 record ATS. With Sunday's victory, their current SU winning streak at home stands at 13 games. The total has gone OVER in 20 of those 36 home games.
The Nets would not be considered one of the more dynamic teams in the NBA when it comes to scoring points with an average of 98.7 points per game, but they have exceeded this total in their last eight games. Joe Johnson is averaging 15.5 PPG and Paul Pierce is chipping-in another 13.7 points. These two combined for 41 points in Sunday's win against the Timberwolves. Defensively, Brooklyn remains one of the better teams in the league by holding opponents to an average of 99.2 PPG.
Houston Rockets vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Trends
The Rockets are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on two days' rest and 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team from the Atlantic Division. The total has gone OVER in their last five games following a SU loss.
The Nets are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a SU winning record and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against the West. The total has gone OVER in five of their last seven home games against a team with a SU winning record on the road.
The favorite in this matchup has covered in five of the last six matchups and the total has gone OVER in five of the last seven games between the two. Early in the season, Houston came away with a 114-95 victory as an eight-point home favorite. The total went OVER the 204.5-point closing line.
Against the Spread Pick
Houston's recent struggles on the road presents a golden opportunity for the Nets to keep their SU home winning streak alive, but my top pick in this matchup is the OVER on the total line as both teams have been scoring points in bunches lately.