NBA tip Houston at Sacramento
The circus is back and today we have another NBA underdog that needs to be punished.
THe fight for the last playoff spots in the Western Conference is getting serious with a few teams having chances to make it and it’s too early to make any basketball prediction on who’s gonna make it.
Houston Rockets have now won 6 of their last 7 games including 4 of their last 5 coming against good opposition with the likes of Indiana, New Orleans and Portland as well as New Jersey.
Houston has won three straight at Sacramento, where the NBA star Kevin Martin has averaged 30.5 points in two visits since the Kings traded him to Houston on Feb. 18, 2010. Martin proved to be very motivated against his former team and he’s really an asset for any NBA fantasy team.
The Rockets look to move above .500 for the first time this season when they visit the Kings on Monday night looking for their third win in as many meetings this season.
One thing is sure : the Rockets defense has improved. They’ve held three of their last four opponents to 95 or fewer points, and limited the Pacers to 41.3 percent shooting while forcing 20 turnovers. Another very important observation : Houston is 19-4 when it gives up fewer than 100 points and has won 13 consecutive games in which it has held opponents below the mark.
On the other side Sacramento is not doing very good. They have not been taken in consideration for our basketbakk predictions because of their inconsistency. At this point they have lost two straight, four of five and 12 of 15, coming off a 109-102 overtime loss at Utah on Saturday. With a very poor shooting precentege (40.9 percent from the field went 19 of 30 from the free-throw line) it’s hard to win. DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 18 rebounds while Francisco Garcia returned after missing 21 games with a calf injury and added 18 points.
A few important NBA trends for this matchup:
Rockets are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games.
Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite of 0.5-4.5.
Rockets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Pacific.
Rockets are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Sacramento
Kings are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Looking at a very important back to back game tomorrow against the Suns, Houston need to win tonight to make sure they’re still in the game for a NBA playoff spot, so tonight’s free NBA tip is :
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