The Houston Rockets take a trip on the road to the Barclays Center following a loss at home versus the Minnesota Timberwolves two nights ago. Houston fell behind early and had a 12-point deficit at halftime.
However, they were allowed to come from behind to make it a respectable final score. The Rockets outscored the Timberwolves in the 4th quarter, 40-23, for a 139-132 final.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 4, 2022
Teams like to give up in the final quarter. That’s the danger in laying double digits in an NBA game. The winning team likes to roll through their bench in blowouts, and a backdoor is always open.
The Rockets are in good contention to win the NBA lottery. They are going into Brooklyn with a record of 20-59 and dead last in the Western Conference. The Magic are tied up with the Rockets for the worst record in the league.
Houston has lost four straight games going into tonight, though they were competitive in all of those games. Well, at least the final score against the Timberwolves made it look like they were competitive.
During this four-game skid, the Rockets have lost by an average of 4.5 points a game. Their best attempt was a 123-120 loss on March 28 after a 115-98 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The presale for Play-In Tournament tickets is now live ⤵️
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 5, 2022
Brooklyn is 40-38 and going to the play-in tournament. They’re in a tie with the Charlotte Hornets for tenth and 2.5 games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for seventh.
The play-in isn’t what the Nets had in mind this season. It’s been a weird season with Kyrie Irving not being able to play at the Barclays Center until recently. That’s not an excuse for two games off from .500 and going to the play-in, though.
Head below for our free Rockets vs. Nets prediction on April 5, 2022.
Houston Rockets vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Houston Rockets||+17 (-110)||+950||Over 244.5 (-105)|
|Brooklyn Nets||-17 (-110)||-2000||Under 244.5 (-115)|
|Team Data||Houston Rockets||Brooklyn Nets|
|Points Per Game||109.7||112.5|
|Points Against Per Game||118.1||112.3|
|Field Goal %||45.6||47.4|
|Three Point %||35.0||36.1|
Rockets vs. Nets Prediction:
The Rockets aren’t a good team, but are they 17 points bad at Brooklyn tonight? That’s a lot of points, and the Nets seem to be on the overvalued side.
This is the same Nets team that has gone 1-20 ATS in their previous 21 games at home. They’ve covered just one home game in 21 attempts.
Yeah, I know that Kyrie Irving couldn’t play in Brooklyn at the Barclays season for most of this season. They still had Kevin Durant, and the Nets should have better results than covering one game in 21 chances.
The Nets have been below average on the defensive floor this season. They are 21st in the NBA with 112.3 points against per game.
Irving doesn’t provide the most help defensively, so he’s not a great asset in that aspect. He can be good when he wants, but against the Rockets, I don’t see much motivation.
The Nets have allowed 115.8 points per game in their last five outings. If the Rockets keep up with the Nets, it’s going to happen with their offense. The Rockets can’t win with defense.
Houston Rockets vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Trends:
- 4-1-1 ATS in their previous six games
- 14-4 overall in their previous 18 games at Brooklyn
- 4-10 ATS in their previous 14 games versus the Eastern Conference
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games versus the Atlantic Division
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games
- 1-20 ATS in their previous 21 games as a betting favorite at home
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games
- 2-9 ATS in their previous 11 games
- 3-10 overall in their previous 13 games versus the Western Conference
- 4-14 overall in their previous 18 games versus the Rockets at home
Houston has been serviceable enough led by rookie Jalen Green offensively. Green is scoring 16.8 points per game and has scored at least 30 points in four straight games. In all of those outings, the Rockets stayed close with their opponent.
Last night @JalenGreen secured his 4th straight 30-point game.
The last 2 rookies to do that?
Allen Iverson in 1997
Michael Jordan in 1985 pic.twitter.com/8vVZtfmSFs
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 4, 2022
The Rockets have scored 109.7 points per game and 120.4 points per game on 47.3% shooting across their last five attempts. The defense has issues, but the Nets’ offense hasn’t been as hot this season as you’d believe.
Brooklyn has put in 112.5 points per game for the ninth-best unit in the NBA. At home this season, largely without Irving, they’ve scored 109.4 points a game this season. In their first meeting against the Rockets, the Nets took a 114-104 loss in December.
We might be getting reeled into a trap, but laying 17 points is unbettable on the Nets. It might be versus the Rockets, though they’ve been competitive as of late and the Nets are underachievers. Look for the Rockets to backdoor this game in the 4th quarter.