Betting on today’s Nets and Rockets game? Catch the action at Toyota Center in Houston, TX, as the Rockets hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on Spac. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 222.5 points at FanDuel, with the Rockets being the favored team playing at home against the Nets.
Brooklyn Nets Preview
As the Nets get ready to take on the Rockets, they are hoping to put an end to several streaks. Brooklyn has dropped four straight games and is also on a five-game ATS losing streak on the road. Overall, the Nets are 15-19 and sit 9th in the Eastern Conference.
When playing outside of Brooklyn this season, the Nets have gone 6-11 and have failed to cover the spread in each of their last seven games as the underdog. This season, they have been the underdog in 21 of their 34 games and have an average scoring margin of -8.4 points per game in those games.
Against the spread, the Nets are 18-15, but do have some work to do to get back to .500. On the road, Brooklyn has gone 7-10 ATS for the season.
In the Eastern Conference, 27 of their 34 games have had higher over/under lines than today’s line of 222.5. The Nets’ over/under record for the season is 18-16, but they have finished below the current OU line in three straight games.
In their last game, the Nets scored 85 points vs. the Pelicans. They shot 35.7% from the field and made 11 threes. Cameron Johnson was the leading scorer for the Nets vs. the Pelicans with 17 points. Mikal Bridges also chipped in 13 points.
The Nets’ defense is presently ranked 19th in the league, allowing an average of 116.2 points per contest. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Nets defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 53.0% while allowing 38.1% from downtown.
Houston Rockets Preview
The Western Conference 9th place Rockets will look to pick up a win at home today as 6.5-point favorites over the Nets (16-15 SU).
When playing teams outside of the Western Conference this season, Houston has really struggled, going just 2-6 in these matchups. For the season, the Rockets have been much stronger at home compared to on the road, going 13-5 compared to 3-10.
So far, the Rockets have been favored in 20 of their 31 games and have gone 8-2 straight up in those games. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +9.4 points per contest, and they have gone 13-5 ATS at home.
When looking at their over/under record for the season, Houston’s games have averaged a total of 222.9 points, and their over/under record is 13-18. The over has hit in three straight games for the Rockets.
After scoring 136 points against the Pistons, the Rockets are above their season average of 113.1 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage, the Rockets rank 22nd in the NBA with a 46%. When it comes to three-point shooting, the Rockets are 18th in made threes and 17th in three-point percentage.
On defense, the Rockets come into the game ranked 3rd in the league in points allowed at 109.8 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 124.3 points per contest (28th). Houston’s defense is currently forcing 12.4 turnovers per game, which is 7th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 26th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.2 rejections per game.
The Nets and Rockets did not have any head-to-head matchups last season. But over the last three times playing each other, the Nets have a record of 3-0. However, against the spread the Rockets went 2-1. The over/under record in these matchups was 1-2 on an average of 224 points per game. The last three times, the Nets have matched up against the Rockets on the road, they are 2-1 vs. the spread.
How to Bet Rockets vs. Nets in New York
The Nets come in as the underdog at +6.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout. As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 222.5 and our model has the Nets and Rockets finishing with a combined 217 points. Our pick is to take the under.
- SportsBettingNY ATS Prediction: Nets +6.5
- SportsBettingNY OU Prediction: Under 222.5