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Rockets Easy Pick For those Who Bet on NBA Basketball

Posted by: Charlie Smith

Those who bet on NBA basketball games surely caught sight of the 126-91 routing the Golden State Warriors delivered to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Oracle Arena on Monday night. Recently, the Cavs hit a tough road stretch in their schedule so seeing them fall to the best team in the NBA wasn’t unprecedented. The thing that was unimaginable was how easily the Warriors handled the reigning NBA champions. Nevertheless, some online betting NBA fans were able to capitalize on the opportunity and made a pretty penny on the Cavs’ humbling defeat.

Tuesday night, sportsbook fans will once again have the opportunity to bet on NBA basketball lines as another round of thrilling contests is coming our way. Of the games scheduled for Tuesday night, the contest between the Miami Heat and the Houston Rockets is arguably more intriguing. The Heat may be enjoying home field advantage in this contest, but that might not matter since the Rockets are by far the superior team. Either way, let’s see what the bookies have to say about this contest.

BETTING ODDS NBA – REGULAR SEASON – Tuesday, January 17th

Miami Heat +7½ (-110) 220 (-106) +250
Houston Rockets -7½ (-110) 220 (-114) -315

As was to be expected, the James Harden-led Rockets are coming into this contest as the heavy favorites. Interestingly enough, Harden has already reached 1,000 points and 500 assists on the season within 43 games, tying Tiny Archibald (1972-73) and Oscar Robertson (1964-65) for the second-fastest player to reach that threshold in a season. There’s no doubt that Harden, who’s always at the butt of poor defense jokes, has been the motor behind Houston’s success. The Rockets are currently enjoying a 32-11 record (16-7 on the road) and are ranked 2nd in the Southwest Division, as well as 3rd in the Western Conference. Houston has been one of this season’s most dominant teams and the betting odds NBA correctly reflect that. Additionally, the Rockets will be coming into this contest with all of the momentum after winning 10 out of their last 12 contests. Lastly, the Rockets are 18-5 ATS against teams with a losing record in their last 23 games.

Those who bet on NBA basketball games can clearly see that the Heat are coming into this contest as huge underdogs, but it’s hard to tell if that has more to do with how impressive the Rockets have been or how unbecoming Miami has been all season long. The Heat will come into this contest with a mediocre 11-30 record that is a light-year away from the 48-34 record the Heat were able to deliver last season. Needless to say, taking a step back wasn’t Miami’s plan for the season, but it’s the only thing they are accomplishing. The Heat have lost 10 out of their last 11 and are currently on a 4-game losing streak, and the betting odds NBA think it’s more likely than not that that streak will extend to 5.

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