NBA Picks: Nets vs. Rockets

Jeff Grant

Saturday, January 26, 2013 6:08 PM GMT

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 6:08 PM GMT

The Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets will both enter Saturday night’s matchup on zero days of rest, as they prepare to meet up at the Toyota Center for our sports betting entertainment.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for this non-conference affair.

No contest

Brooklyn had its three-game win streak snapped last night, suffering a 101-77 blowout loss to the Memphis Grizzlies as four-point road underdogs, while going OVER the total for the first time in four contests.  The Nets haven’t dropped back-to-back games since Dec. 25-26, but they’ve also gone 3-7 against the spread (ATS) when playing on back-to-back days.

Signs of a turnaround

Houston has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it picked up a 100-82 victory over the New Orleans Hornets as 2.5-point road underdogs, while going UNDER the total for a fourth straight contest.  The Rockets have a good opportunity to put together their first win streak since capturing five in a row from Dec. 31-Jan. 8, as they’ve won 14 of the past 15 meetings in this series.

Key statistic

Sports bettors need to be careful in backing the road underdog in this affair when looking over the pro basketball odds page, considering the Nets are 6-14-1 ATS after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.  Brooklyn is also facing an opponent that entered last night’s action ranking second in the NBA in scoring 104.2 points per game.  Houston’s even better in putting the ball in the hoop at this venue—scoring 108.2 points per game, but also allowing 103.5 points per game.

Series domination

The Rockets have won their last 11 meetings against the Nets due to averaging 107.6 points per game in that span, which can’t be ignored when making your pro basketball picks Saturday night.  Houston has tallied a money-making 8-3 ATS record in those contests, with the OVER cashing in five of the last seven.

[gameodds]5/134825/43/us[/gameodds]

Backcourt battle

There’s no doubt that both of these teams possess offensive-minded backcourts, which should play a major role in determining the outcome of this affair.  James Harden and Jeremy Lin entered last night’s action combining to score 37.8 points per game for the Rockets, while Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are just below that figure at 34.4 for the Nets.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rockets as one of their NBA picks against the spread, as they’ve gone 4-2 ATS as a home favorite of three points or less, while the Nets are 2-6 ATS in their last eight opportunities when getting that type of number on the road.

NBA Picks: Houston Rockets -3 at Bovada

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