Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets 1/3/2020 Odds Picks and Previews
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets 1/3/2020 – The Philadelphia 76ers hope to end their three-game losing skid as they take on fellow NBA elite, the Houston Rockets, on Friday at Toyota Center. Las Vegas betting lines pegged the Sixers as the 4.5-point road underdogs to the Rockets, who just decimated the Denver Nuggets in their last outing.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets 1/3/2020
Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets 1/3/2020 Betting Odds
Philadelphia 76ers Betting
After back-to-back one-point losses against the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat, the Sixers got blown away by the Indiana Pacers, 115-97, in their last game. With Joel Embiid sitting out with a knee injury, Ben Simmons starred for the Sixers with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Richardson had 20 points and 5 assists, but Philadelphia dug their own grave by shooting just 6-for-20 from the three-point line.
Players to Watch: Joel Embiid (23.7 PPG and 12.4 RPG)
Tobias Harris (19.4 PPG and 6.6 RPG)
Josh Richardson (15.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG and 3.3 APG)
Houston Rockets Betting
After taking a 127-112 loss at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans, the Houston Rockets came in full force against the Nuggets as James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Clint Capela made their return from a one-game rest. The result was devastating for Denver; the trio combined for 79 points to power the Rockets to their sixth win in eight games. More importantly, the win over the Nuggets solidified Houston as one of the teams-to-beat in the league this season.
Players to Watch: James Harden (38.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG and 7.5 APG)
Russell Westbrook (24.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG and 7.1 RPG)
Clint Capela (13.9 PPG and 10.2 RPG)
Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets 1/3/2020 Betting Numbers
Philadelphia are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
Houston are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
James Ennis III SF Illness is downgraded to doubtful Friday vs Houston
Gerald Green SG Foot is out indefinitely
Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets Betting Picks
Sports betting sites are expecting a close contest between these two legitimate title contenders. The NBA spread is currently set at 4.5 points in favor of the Rockets, but any news about Joel Embiid’s return for this game should narrow the spread even further.
Moneyline: The Rockets are a good road team at 11-7 and 20-8 when coming into the game as the favorites. Joel Embiid’s possible return could give Houston some problem down low, but I have a big trust in the duo of Harden and Russell Westbrook to carry their team to another win.
ATS: If the 4.5-point NBA spread stays the same, the Sixers will have a great chance of stealing an ATS win in Houston. If Embiid suits up, expect the Sixers to compete down to the final seconds and fall by less than three points.
TOTALs: The total opened at 224.5 points. The Rockets are among the best offensive teams in the NBA at 119 points per game. The Sixers are mediocre offensive club but still average 109 points per game. Houston likes to control the pace of the game, so picking OVER might be a solid pick.
Score Prediction: 119 – 116 Rockets