The Houston Rockets attempt to avoid a season-worst sixth straight defeat when they continue a three-game road trip at the Washington Wizards on Monday. It will be the second matchup of the season between guards John Wall of Houston (11-15) and Russell Westbrook of Washington, who were traded for one another in a blockbuster deal in December. The Wizards (7-17) have a chance to win back-to-back games for the second time this season.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. William Hill Sportsbook lists Houston as a 1.5-point favorite while the over-under is 230.5 in the latest Rockets vs. Wizards odds. Before finalizing any Wizards vs. Rockets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Rockets vs. Wizards spread: Rockets -1.5
- Rockets vs. Wizards over-under: 230.5 points
- Rockets vs. Wizards money line: Rockets -125, Wizards +105
- HOU: Rockets G Victor Oladipo (foot) will miss his second straight game
- WAS: Wizards F Davis Bertans has at least two 3-pointers in nine games in a row
Why the Rockets can cover
While Houston will be without two of its top scorers in center Christian Wood (ankle) and Oladipo (foot), Eric Gordon continues to supply plenty of production playing alongside Wall. He was among the few bright spots in a lackluster 121-99 loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday with 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting. It was the fourth time in seven games he shot over 50 percent from the floor.
Gordon has scored at least 20 in six of the past seven contests, averaging 22.4 points in that span to raise his season total to 18.8 points per game. Center DeMarcus Cousins has registered double-doubles in three of the last five games, including each of the past two. He had one of his better games of the season against the Wizards last month with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.
Why the Wizards can cover
Bradley Beal returned to the lineup after getting the night off in Friday's loss to the New York Knicks and showed off the dividends of the extra rest. The NBA's leading scorer at 32.8 points per game, he sparked a 104-91 victory over the Boston Celtics with a 35-point performance on 10-of-18 shooting. He was 2 of 11 from 3-point range in the previous two games before hitting 4 of 9 against Boston.
Beal has eclipsed 30 points in 12 of his last 15 games and scored 33 in the 19-point loss at Houston on Jan. 26. Westbrook has come up one rebound shy of a triple-double in each of the past two games, notching 13 points, 11 assists and nine boards in Sunday's win. He has six double-doubles over the last nine games, including a 19-point, 11-rebound performance in the last meeting vs. the Rockets.
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