After years of toiling in the basement of the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers are looking like a legitimate basketball team right now as trusting the process is finally paying some dividends. The Sixers are expecting to have star rookie Joel Embiid back in the fold Friday when they aim for their third three-game winning streak this month while hosting James Harden and the Houston Rockets.
– Shark Bites
- The total has gone UNDER in nine of the 76ers’ last 12 games against the Western Conference.
- The Rockets are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games after losing as a favorite.
- The total has gone OVER in six of the Rockets’ last eight games against teams with losing records.
After a fantastic 20-2 run, Houston is skidding in a big way all of a sudden. The Rockets have dropped six of their last nine games heading into this one, and an exposure on defense is the biggest reason why. Mike D’Antoni’s crew have allowed opponents to average 124 points in their last three setbacks.
Embiid, who missed the team’s last two games, will have something to prove after getting left off the Eastern Conference all-star team. The big man has seemingly already locked up the Rookie of the Year Award while averaging 19.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in only 25.3 minutes per game on the year. Embiid suffered a minor knee injury earlier in the week but should be good to go tonight.
Houston hasn’t been covering the spread in the City of Brotherly Love lately. In the Rockets’ last five trips to Philly, they’re a paltry 1-4 ATS.
Houston Rockets vs Philadelphia 76ers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Philadelphia 76ers are 17-27 so far on the NBA season, and 26-17-1 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, are 34-15 and 29-20 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Philadelphia go 20-23-1 and the Rockets go 26-22-1 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Philadelphia vs Houston injuries news.
This game pits the Philadelphia 76ers, currently No. 18 in the Odds – Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Houston Rockets, who rate No. 3 in the most recent survey update.
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Houston Rockets rank No. 14 in the league with 43.8 per game. That compares with Philadelphia’s No. 18 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Philadelphia is the NBA’s No. 7-ranked team at 10.57 per game, while the Houston Rockets rate No. 1 with 14.57 per contest.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Houston got 30 points from James Harden en route to a 120-109 loss against Boston on Wednesday at TD Garden.
Philadelphia earned a 114-109 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Gerald Henderson at Bradley Center.
- Houston is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
- Houston is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
- Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games
- Philadelphia is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games
- Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games
- Philadelphia is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Houston at Indiana, Sunday, January 29th
Philadelphia at Chicago, Sunday, January 29th