76ers vs. Rockets Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Charlie Grant | Updated Jan 03, 2020

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Two NBA Championship contenders collide on Friday. Philly (+800) and Houston (+850) are the fourth and fifth favourites to win the 2020 NBA title.

January 03, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
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Two teams high on talent, but low on against the spread bank-ability meet in Houston on Friday night in a potential NBA Finals preview. The 76ers look to snap a three-game losing streak while the Rockets try to build off their win against Denver on New Year’s Eve. 

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

It’s been a season of mountains and valleys for the Philadelphia 76ers. They caught the eye of league followers by taking down Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day only to follow it up with three consecutive setbacks. 

The Sixers are 16-2 straight up at home, but just 7-11 away from the City of Brotherly Love. They’re 0-2-1 against the spread (ATS) so far on their five-game road trip and 6-10-2 ATS away from home on the season. 

The club is coming off an 18-point loss at Indiana without Joel Embiid in the lineup. Embiid is expected to suit up for Friday’s game against Houston. The Rockets are 1-4 against the number in their last five games against Philly. They won the most recent matchup 107-91 as 7-point home favourites last April. 

Houston enters Friday’s tilt off an impressive home win against the Nuggets on Tuesday night. The Rockets are tied for the highest scoring team in the league with the Bucks at 119.4 points per game, but they own a 15-19 season over/under record.

The over is 6-2 in Houston’s last eight games and 5-0 in the Sixers’ last five games coming off an ATS loss.

Sports Interaction lists both the Rockets and Sixers in the classy part of their odds to win the NBA championship list. Philly (+800) and Houston (+850) are the fourth and fifth overall favourites to win the 2020 NBA title.

Philadelphia 76ers

Three-point shooting is the great separator for the Philadelphia 76ers. They hit 21 on 44 attempts in their game against the Bucks. They’ve yet to surpass 30 triple attempts in any of their three games since. 

Tobias Harris is enjoying a strong season but he’s yet to hit from distance with the Sixers like he did with the Pistons and Clippers. Harris is shooting 33.9 percent from deep this season. Not an awful number, but certainly not great from a team in severe need of quality marksmanship since losing J.J. Redick in the off-season. 

Houston Rockets

Don’t expect a lot of scoring in from the bench in this contest. The Rockets possess the lowest scoring bench in the NBA with just 25.2 points per night coming from their reserve group. Philadelphia isn’t too far behind. 

Most teams go heavy on bench minutes for the first half of the second quarter. Houston leads in the league in second quarter scoring at 31.3. That’s because Russell Westbrook normally leads the second unit in the second frames. Westbrook enjoys pushing the pace and getting looks at the rim in transition. 

Keep an eye on the second quarter total. There could be some value on taking the over.

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