The 21-16 Houston Rockets will be on a back to back as they face the 15-22 Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA pro basketball game on Saturday night. Tip off time from Philadelphia is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The NBA odds in this game has the road club Houston Rockets favored by -1 ½ points with an over under line of 203 ½ points. When the odds came out a few hours ago it was Houston favored by -1 with a total of 203 points. There has been a ½ point move on the Rockets and over the total.
The clubs met on December 19th and it was the Rockets with the 125-103 home win as a -8 point betting favorite. The game ended over 199 points.
The Rockets are 7-9 straight up on the road this season. They are playing their third game of this five game road trip. They fell to 0-2 on this trip following a 103-91 road defeat on Friday night to the Boston Celtics as a +3 point underdog. The game ended under 200 ½ points. For the second straight game the Rockets were held under 100 points in the loss. Houston shoots just under 44% in the loss. The team defended poorly by allowing the Celtics 52% shooting. The Rockets are 28th ranked in the NBA in scoring defense as they give up over 103 points a game. James Harden leads the team with 26 points a game and 45% shooting. Point guard Jeremy Lin is dishing out about 6 ½ assists per game.
The 76ers are 9-8 on their home court. Philadelphia is running bad with five straight losses. They are really struggling scoring like they have for several seasons now. They come off a 90-72 road defeat on Wednesday to the Toronto Raptors as a +5 point underdog. The game ended under 189 points. The 76ers are held to just 11 fourth quarter points in the loss. They shoot just 39% from the field and sink 2 of 10 three pointers. Philadelphia allows the Raptors nearly 49% shooting. The team is ranked 27th in scoring offense as they put up just 92 points a game. Two inefficient guards are crippling this 76ers team as Nick Young and Jason Richardson each shoot 40% from the field.