Rockets (15-42, 8-21 road) at Heat (29-28, 13-15 road)
- Time: 5PM PST – 7PM CST – 8PM EST
- Place: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
- TV: AT&T SportsNet | Bally Sports Sun | NBA League Pass
The Houston Rockets are playing out the string and dare we say the “T-word” (tank) as a top-three lottery pick is likely with 15 games to play and 14 of those against teams that are likely going to be in the playoffs.
Miami received a huge confidence boost yesterday with Bam Adebayo’s buzzer which lifted Miami over Brooklyn. The Heat broke a three-game losing streak where they lost a trio of road games, ending with an embarrassing 119-11 decision in Minnesota.
Miami is currently the 7-seed in the Eastern Conference where the 4-seed is in the crosshairs as Atlanta and Boston remain tied for that spot.
The Heat won 101-94 in Houston on Feb. 11 as Miami holds a tight 34-33 all-time series lead.
These two teams have split four of the past season series as Houston has two sweeps and Miami, one, over that period.
- Houston Rockets – D.J. Augustin (ankle), Sterling Brown (knee), Dante Exum (calf), Eric Gordon (groin), Danuel House (ankle), David Nwaba (wrist), John Wall (Achilles) – OUT
- Miami Heat – Jimmy Butler (ankle) Day to Day; Victor Oladipo (knee) – OUT
Vs. The Spread
Rockets (19-38 ATS):
- The Rockets are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
- The OVER has been the play int he Rockets’ last 6
- Houston is 1-4 ATS in it’s last 5 matchups with the Heat
Heat (24-32-1 ATS):
- Miami is 2-5 ATS in it’s last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami’s last 9 games
- The UNDER has been the play in 4 of the Heat’s last 5 games against the Rockets
Last Time Out
Christian Wood scored 25 points and Kelly Olynyk netted 24 as the Rockets outscored the Orlando Magic, 32-18, in the third quarter to post a 114-110 Sunday night in Orlando. Houston went on an 18-2 run in the third quarter as the rockets shot 55 percent from the floor and made five three-pointers. Kevin Porter, Jr., scored 22 points had hit four threes for Houston.
Bam Adebayo had 21 points and 15 rebounds, including the buzzer-beater, as Miami topped Brooklyn, 109-107 on Sunday. The Heat finished the game on a 10-2 run after trailing 105-99 with 4:04 remaining. Goran Dragić had 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists off the bench for Miami.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Rockets||+8 (-110)||+290||O 218.5 (-110)|
|Heat||-8 (-110)||-350||U 218.5 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Kudos to the Rockets for surviving, albeit, against Orlando last night as Houston played with three solid starters – Wall, Gordon, and House – out with injuries. Christian Wood is quickly becoming the most consistent performer for the Rockets as over the last five games, he has averaged 21.6 points while shooting 55.1 percent from the field. He has to have help though and that’s where Kelly Olynyk has stepped in as he has averaged 21.2 points and shot 62.6 percent over his last five games.
Key Rockets Stat:
The Rockets will need a solid rebounding presence against the physical Heat as Houston is last in the NBA as the Rockets allow opponents 47.7 boards per game and have a rebound margin of (-5.3). Wood (9.4) and Olynyk (7.8) are one-two in boards. The guards are going to have to fly to the boards against Miami who have had their own problems on the glass.
Kevin Porter, Jr., is making the most of his opportunities with so many injuries and so much opportunity now on the Houston roster. Porter is averaging 16.8 points and 7.3 assists over his last four games. His 14 assists vs. Phoenix to start that string are a season-high.
Bam Adebayo has been a major force for the Heat all season, but his physicality and athleticism will be a huge issue for the Rockets as he has Ade 23-of-40 shots and averaged 19.7 points over his last three games while gathering 25 rebounds. The attention the Rockets can pay him without letting Duncan Robinson get loose from three will be a huge key. Robinson has 197 makes on the season and shoots 40.8 percent from distance.
Key Heat Stat:
Goran Dragić had struggled as he made only 4-of-26 shots over his three games before yesterday and averaging 3.7 points over the trio. Dragić scored 16 points in 24 minutes yesterday and made 6-of-10 shots from the floor.
The Heat will not be in a charitable mood as Miami has a lot to play for in trying to solidify a solid playoff space without having to play-in for the playoffs. In addition, how they put away yesterday’s thriller will be a storyline as well.
Winner: Heat (-8) 115, Rockets 104