Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Basketball game. The teams will play on Friday January 23, 2015. At 9:00 PM EST.
The (29-14) Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest Division makes the trip from Space City to the Grand Canyon State. Houston will play the (26-18) Phoenix Suns of the Western Conference Pacific Division in 2015 NBA action. The teams will play at US Airways Center in picturesque Phoenix, Arizona. This Sports Handicapper believes The Houston Rockets are on a mission, and it’s NBA title or bust. Phoenix is and up and coming team in the West. The betting line has the Houston Rockets as a three-point road underdog Against The Spread, and the total is at 219 for Friday Night’s game.
The 2015 Houston Rockets have lost two of three, their latest a 126-113 road loss to Golden State. Houston averages 102 per game on offense and give up about ninety-nine on defense. Shooting Guard James Harden is the team leader in scoring at twenty-seven per contest and assists at six. Center Dwight Howard grabs a little over eleven rebounds and nearly two blocks per game. Houston Head Coach Kevin McHale has this team playing like an elite squad that is taking the next step. The betting odds over the total is 4-0 Houston last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game. Houston is 12-28 the last forty meetings between the teams. The Houston Rockets are 3-3 their last six NBA Picks on the road, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under once. The Rockets starters score 76-points of the teams average, and that gives a cushion to the rotation. The key to a Houston win is to defend the Suns, they must get in the face of Phoenix shooters who can come out and bury jump shots.
The 2015 Phoenix Suns are on a four-game win streak, all at home. Phoenix beat a short-handed Portland team 118-113 on January 21st. The Suns are in third place, ten games behind Division-leading Golden State. Phoenix Guards Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe are one and two in scoring on the team. Bledsoe also is the team leader in steals and assists. The Suns are seventh in the league in scoring with 105.2 points per contest. The betting odds over the total is 5-1 Phoenix last six at home against a team with a winning road record. The Phoenix Suns are 4-2 ATS their last six at home, going over the betting odds total twice, staying under three times and have a push. The key to a Suns win is to get out in the open court and create chaos. Phoenix is a guard-oriented team. Reserves Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green both score in double-figures per game. Center Alex Lin will have to play a great game against Howard in the paint.
Free Pick: Houston+3.