Brooklyn Nets vs Houston Rockets NBA Pick – December 8

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of games throughout December 8. Thirteen games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Brooklyn Nets and the Houston Rockets. These two teams have had opposite starts to the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Brooklyn has earned a record of 17-7 to open up the season, which has them in the top spot of the Eastern Conference. The Nets are coming off a win in their last game and have won three of their last four. Brooklyn will look to get back on a winning streak after Tuesday night’s win in Dallas. The Nets will look for a fast start on the road on Wednesday.

The Rockets have put up a record of 7-16 to start out this season, which has them sitting in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. Houston has won six games in a row entering this one and will look to remain hot. The Rockets will look to continue to move up in the standings with a win. I expect Houston to come out fast at home.

These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but will look for a big win in this one. Houston has been the hotter team entering this matchup. The Nets are coming off a game on Tuesday night and will look to avoid a slow start in this one. If either team can grab an early lead in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Brooklyn Nets -6 (-110) -255 Over 227 ½ (-110)
Houston Rockets +6 (-110) +215 Under 227 ½ (-110)

 

Team Data Brooklyn Nets Houston Rockets
Overall Record 17-7 7-16
Away/ Home Record 9-2 6-5
PPG 109.2 105.2
PPG Away/ Home 111.8 109.0
PAPG 103.5 104.5
PAPG Away/ Home 105.4 102.5

Betting Trends

Brooklyn Nets

  • 9-14 ATS this season
  • 9-13 ATS as a favorite
  • 6-5 ATS in road games
  • 1-2 ATS in December
  • 2-4 ATS in non-Conference games
  • 3-4 ATS against team with losing record

Houston Rockets

  • 11-12 ATS this season
  • 9-10 ATS as an underdog
  • 5-6 ATS in home games
  • 2-1 ATS in December
  • 3-1 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 0-2 ATS after division game
  • 1-1 ATS after win by 10 or more points
  • 4-4 ATS against team with winning record

These two teams met up twice throughout last season. Houston hosted the first game of the season. James Harden finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in route to the Nets 132-114 win. Kyrie Irving dropped 31 points and 12 assists in the second matchup. Joe Harris added 28 points as Brooklyn won 120-108 to sweep the season series.

Field Goal Shooting

The Nets have been strong shooting the ball throughout this season. Brooklyn has shot 46.5 percent from the field, which is 6th in the league. The Nets have made 36.6 percent of their shots from deep, which is 7th in the NBA. Brooklyn has sunk 80.7 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 5th in the league.

Houston has not been great shooting the ball so far this season. The Rockets have made 44.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA. Houston has been shooting 33.8 percent from behind the arc, which is 22nd in the league. The Rockets have drained 70.7 percent from the free throw line, which is 29th in the NBA.

Brooklyn has a big edge shooting the ball on the season and have also been much better on defense. The Nets have held their opponents to a 42.9 percent from the field, which is 2nd in the NBA. Houston has allowed opposing teams to shoot 44.9 percent from the field, which is 16th in the league. If Brooklyn’s defense can dominate, it could be enough for the win.

Top Performers

Kevin Durant and James Harden have been great throughout the start of this season. Durant has averaged 28.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Harden is averaging 20.6 points, 9.5 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game. LaMarcus Aldridge has averaged 13.8 points, while Patty Mills is averaging 12.7 points per game.

Christian Wood has been really strong for the Rockets on the season. Wood is averaging 16.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Eric Gordon has averaged 14.1 points per game. Jae’Sean Tate is averaging 12.4 points per game. Garrison Mathews has averaged 11.9 points to round out the lineup to help lead Houston in this one.

These two teams have been strong early in the season and have been led by their stars. The Nets have a much better lineup with Durant and Harden on the court. Houston will need some players to step up if they want to pull off the win in this one. Brooklyn is without Joe Harris in this matchup and will look for a big win in this one.

Pick Overview

The Nets are coming off a win on Tuesday night and will look to keep it going in this one. Brooklyn has jumped to the top of the Eastern Conference early in the season and will look to hold onto that spot with a win. The Nets have been the much better team throughout this season and I think they can end Houston’s winning streak on Wednesday.

BetOnline has Brooklyn listed as a -6 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Nets on the road. I think that this line is still pretty low for this matchup though. The Nets would usually be double digit favorites, but Houston has won six in a row. I think Brooklyn will put an end to that with a dominant win in this one.

The Bet
Brooklyn Nets -6
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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