Wizards Look to Sharpen Up Against the Rockets

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Troy Haliburton

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 3:18 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018 3:18 PM UTC

Houston has clinched the best record in the NBA, while Washington finally clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Both teams will look to get as sharp as possible Tuesday with looming playoff runs around the corner.

Washington Wizards (35-41-1 ATS) at Houston Rockets (40-36-1 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Wizards +7.5Best Line Offered: Bovada

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Houston is coming off of a loss to the Spurs on Sunday in which they completely laid an egg and only put up 83 points. The Rockets were not able to close out the game strong because their three-point shots simply stopped going in -- and star point guard and Chris Paul sat out (hip/rest). The thing that makes Houston such a dominating team is the fact that they take and make more three-pointers than any team in NBA history. If Washington is to have any chance at defeating the Rockets on Tuesday, they will have to drive the Houston players off of three-point line.

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Washington is having a disappointing week themselves;after clinching a playoff berth Saturday against the Charlotte Hornets, the Wizards turned around and lost to one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls. This has been a familiar theme for the Wizards all season, as they seem to get up for the games against good teams and lose their focus against teams below .500.

Part of the reason why the Wizards did not look as sharp against the Bulls was the fact that John Wall did not play Sunday after making his return Saturday. In the game against Charlotte, Wall had 15 points and 14 assists and looked like the player that we have all come to know and love. The Wizards have two weeks to integrate Wall back into their rotation before the playoffs, and every situation he plays in will be critical in simulating game situation for a player who has barely basketball in two months.

The Wizards are a much better team on the road than they are at home this season: Washington has a 20-18 ATS record on the road. Houston has struggled to cover against teams at home, only going 16-21 ATS this season, and might again be without Paul (listed as questionable). Washington beat the Rockets earlier this season 121-103. The Wizards will continue their trend of playing up to their competition level and will cover the 7.5-point spread.

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