The Houston Rockets host the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday evening. Phoenix will aim to improve on an encouraging start, while Houston is looking to rebound from a downturn. The Suns are 7-5 overall, including a 4-4 mark on the road. The Rockets are just 4-8 this season, though Houston is 3-3 in its home building. The Rockets will also be without John Wall (knee) for this contest.
Tip-off is at 9:30 p.m. ET in Houston. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Suns as 5.5-point road favorites in the latest Suns vs. Rockets odds. The over-under for total points expected is set at 219.5. Before you make any Rockets vs. Suns picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Suns vs. Rockets spread: Suns -5.5
- Suns vs. Rockets over-under: 219.5 points
- Suns vs. Rockets money line: Suns -215, Rockets +185
- PHX: The Suns are 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 games
- HOU: The Rockets are 3-7 against the spread in the last 10 games
Why the Suns can cover
Phoenix has one of the best backcourts in the NBA with Devin Booker and Chris Paul. Booker leads the team in scoring, averaging 22.1 points per game, and he adds 4.3 assists per game with high-end spacing as a prolific shooter. Paul is a legendary figure, providing a steady hand on both ends, and he is averaging 13.5 points and a team-best 8.6 assists per contest.
In the middle, Deandre Ayton is an emerging force, averaging a double-double this season, and the Suns also have strong role players, headlined by young forward Mikal Bridges. The matchup is also friendly for the Suns, especially with Wall sidelined for Houston. The Rockets are currently below-average in both offensive and defensive efficiency, and the Suns have the more talented roster from top to bottom.
Why the Rockets can cover
Houston is in the midst of an organizational change after the James Harden trade, and Wall is out for this game, removing a talented piece from the equation. Still, the Rockets have a two-headed monster offensively in Victor Oladipo and Christian Wood that should challenge the Suns. Oladipo produced 32 points, nine assists and five rebounds in his Rockets debut over the weekend, and he is a star-level player dating back to Indiana.
Wood is averaging 23.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season, breaking out after arriving from Detroit. The Rockets are a top-10 team in free throw rate and shooting efficiency offensively, with above-average marks in shooting efficiency allowed and turnover creation rate on the defensive side of the floor.
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