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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets Friday’s NBA Basketball Betting Picks

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor

The year’s NBA basketball betting action continues this Friday night with a thrilling Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets matchup. The 76ers are looking for a rebound after going 1-2 in their last 3 and are eager to face the challenge Houston poses tonight. The Rockets on the other hand, are on fire after winning their last 6 in a row. It should be mentioned that that win streak was ignited with a dominant win over the Golden State Warriors. Now Houston is ready to prove their dominance by making a homestand against Philly. What kind of outcome can sportsbook fans expect this Friday evening?

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets – Friday, March 8th   

When: 8:00 pm ET

Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

TV: ESPN

Stream: Watch ESPN, NBA League Pass

NBA Basketball Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
76ers +7½ (-110) 232½ (-110) +270
Rockets -7½ (-110) 232½ (-110) -330
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Philadelphia 76ers          

Tobias Harris - Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston RocketsThe 76ers leap into tonight’s action sporting a 41-24 record that ranks them 2nd in the Atlantic Division. Additionally, Philly is currently pegged as the 4th best team in the Eastern Conference. At the present time the club is 8 games behind the conference leading Milwaukee Bucks, so there’s plenty of room for improvement. The question is, will Philadelphia be able to improve on their record tonight? Judging by the fact that they are 2-8 in their last 10 meetings versus James Harden & Co., it’s looking like Philly is headed straight for yet another loss. If they are to win here they’ll need to turn to their 5th ranked offense, which is a good matchup against Houston’s 13th ranked defense. However, Houston ranks 11th in scoring, so they’ll also be able to take advantage of the 76ers’ 17th rated defense.

Players to Watch: Joel Embiid (27.3 ppg, 13.5 rpg, 3.5 apg), Tobias Harris (20.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.7 apg), and Jimmy Butler (18.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.0 apg).

Houston Rockets 

James Harden - Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston RocketsThe Rockets blast into this Friday night contest flashing a 39-25 record that ranks them as the best team in the Southwest. However, it also ranks them 4th overall in the Western Conference. While 4th is pretty good, the club is 5 games behind the conference leading Warriors at the present time. All in all, it’s a pretty good spot to be. As aforementioned, Houston has gotten the better of Philly in recent matches and they should be heavy favorites at home. Tonight’s NBA basketball betting odds are siding with Houston heavily. All things considered, bettors should as well.

Players to Watch: James Harden (36.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 7.5 apg), Clint Capela (16.7 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Eric Gordon (16.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.1 apg).

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets Betting Predictions

Trends

  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 9 of Philadelphia’s last 13 games when playing on the road against Houston
  • Philadelphia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston
  • Philadelphia is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Houston
  • Houston is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Philadelphia
  • Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets Betting Picks

So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets matchup? All in all, Houston is the only way to bet here. After all, Philly has been struggling lately and they’ll be without Embiid tonight. The money line is pretty tilted here so make a parlay to increase the value. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 125-112 Houston.

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