Written and authored by National Basketball Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Basketball game. The teams will play on Monday January 12, 2015. At 7:30 PM EST.
The (26-11) Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest Division makes the trip from Space City to the Big Apple. Houston will play the (16-21) Brooklyn Nets of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division in 2015 NBA action. The teams will play at Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, New York. This Sports Handicapper believes the Houston Rockets are going to battle San Antonio and Dallas for the top spot in their Division. Brooklyn is in a weak Division but can’t expect to make the playoffs automatically. The betting line has Brooklyn as a six-point home underdog Against The Point Spread, the betting odds total is at 194′ for Monday Night’s game.
The 2015 Houston Rockets are on a three-game winning streak, their latest a 97-82 defeat of Utah at home on January 10. Houston travels to Orlando to face the Magic on the 15th and return home for a matchup with the Thunder the next night. Center Dwight is probable for Monday’s game, he has a sore knee. Houston picked up Forward, Josh Smith from Detroit and is coming off the bench in a new role. Houston is 1-5 Against The Spread their last six on Monday’s. The Rockets are 11-4 ATS the last fifteen between the teams. The Houston Rockets are 3-3 their last six Free NBA Handicappers Point Spread Picks on the road, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under twice. The Houston Rockets can play in transition, or they can feed the post to Howard, who is limited offensively, Forward Trevor Ariza is an outstanding jump-shooter with an inside out game. Point guard Patrick Beverly is improving every game but still is not elite. Rockets forward James Harden is the team’s best weapon when they have the basketball. The betting odds over the total is 6-1 Houston last seven against a team with a losing home record.
The 2015 Brooklyn Nets have lost five in a row straight up, including a 98-93 road loss at Detroit on Saturday Night. Brooklyn is without point guard Deron Williams, who is nursing sore ribs. Veteran Jarret Jack is taking Williams place in the starting line-up. Bro0klyn is scoring nearly 96 points per game and giving up over ninety-seven. Brooklyn is only 3-8 Against The Spread their last eleven against Houston in the Tri-State. The betting odds under the total is 10-2 Brooklyn last twelve playing on a day’s rest. The Brooklyn Nets are 1-4 Against The Points Spread their last five at home, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under three times. The key to a Brooklyn win is defense, stopping the fast pace Rockets offense. Brooklyn Center Brooke Lopez can hold his own against Howard.
Free Pick: Brooklyn+6.