The Philadelphia 76ers (21-9) travel to face off against the Houston Rockets (15-14) on Friday, December 29th. This game will be played at Toyota Center. The 76ers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Rockets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Magic. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
76ers vs Rockets
The 76ers Are Coming Off A Win
The 76ers notched a win against the Magic in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 112-92. Heading into the second half, the 76ers were leading 52-46.
In their last five games, the 76ers are 3-2 and have an overall record of 21-9. When looking at their 30 games, the 76ers are 16-7 against other Eastern Conference teams and have gone 5-2 in non-conference games.
Philadelphia has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 22-8 against the spread. With a two game ATS win streak as favorites, the 76ers are 4-3 against the spread when they are underdogs.
The Rockets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Rockets’ most recent game versus the Suns saw Alperen Sengün lead the Rockets with 24 points while shooting 9/18 from the field. Jalen Green added 23 points, but unfortunately, Houston was defeated in the game with a score of 129-113.
Heading into their matchup with the 76ers, the Rockets are 15-14 overall and are looking to end their two game losing streak. In Western Conference games, the Rockets are 14-9 compared to 1-5 in non-conference games.
Houston comes in with an overall ATS record of 18-10 so far this season. This season, Houston has a 7-2 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 11-8 as underdogs.
76ers Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Philadelphia offense is the 4th ranked unit in the NBA, at 121.6 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the 76ers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.3 made 3’s per game. Although Philadelphia has struggled with their outside shot, they have done a good job taking care of the ball, averaging just 12 turnovers per game.
Rockets Offense Breakdown
Through 29 games the Rockets are averaging 111.8 points per contest, placing them 24th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.2 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Houston offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 14th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
76ers Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the 76ers’ defense is giving up an average of 110.6 points per contest. When it comes to forced turnovers, the 76ers are forcing 12 per game, which is 5th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 7th in blocked shots at 6 per game.
Rockets Team Defense
The Rockets’ defense is presently ranked 2nd in the league, allowing an average of 109.0 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Rockets are causing 12.3 turnovers per game, ranking 8th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 26th in rejections, averaging 4.2 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The 76ers And Rockets
In today’s game, our projections have Tyrese Maxey leading the 76ers with 20 points on 7/16 shooting from the field. This season, he is averaging 25.8 points per game along with 3.9 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Alperen Sengün to be the top scorer for the Rockets. Our projection has him finishing the game with 17, and he is expected to secure 8 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 53.2%, and he is contributing 20.9 points per game on average.
76ers vs Rockets Trends
- The 76ers are 2-1 ATS in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.
- In their last ten games at home, the Rockets have a straight up record of 3-7 while going 5-4-1 vs. the spread. The team averaged 112 points per game in this stretch.
- As the betting underdog, the Rockets have an ATS mark of just 1-2 in their last three games. Houston posted a straight up mark of 1-2 in these matchups.
- As the betting favorite, the 76ers have an ATS record of 4-1 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 4-1.
Our bet is on the 76ers for a win, and we project the score to be 110-108. Additionally, we expect them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to wager on the 76ers with the spread at -1.5.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 221.5, and our model projects the 76ers and Rockets to reach a combined total of 218 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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