Phoenix Suns at Houston Rockets – NBA April 5

Phoenix Suns (34-14, 16-6 road) at Houston Rockets (13-36, 6-18 road)

  • Time: 5 PST – 7 CST – 8 EST
  • Place: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • TV: Bally Sports Arizona, Bally Sports SW, NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

The Suns are streaking through the Western Conference as they have won five in a row and eight out of nine as they have a 2.5 games lead on the LA Clippers in the Pacific Division as they two teams are second and third in the Western Conference.

Houston is in a quagmire as the Rockets retool and rebuild with an eye toward the NBA Draft Lottery. The Rockets are 2-8 over their last 10 games and they have lost five out of six and three in a row.

This is the second game of a back-to-back for the Rockets after Sundays night’s loss to the Pelicans. Phoenix has two of the next three on the road before a five-game homestead.

An interesting series stat is that the Suns lead the all-time series, 109-108, and they have won two in a row vs. Houston after breaking a 13-game Rockets winning streak in the series last February.

Key Injuries

  • Phoenix: – N/A
  • Houston: Eric Gordon – (groin) – OUT – David Nwaba – (wrist) – OUT – John Wall – (knee) – OUT

Vs. The Spread:

Suns:

  • Phoenix is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 games
  • The OVER has been the play in 4 of the last 6 Suns games
  • The Suns are 7-2 vs. the Rockets in their last 9 outings

Rockets:

  • The Rockets are 4-16 ATS in their last 20 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 7 of the last 10 Rockets-Suns games
  • The Rockets are 1-15 ATS in their last 16 games at home

Last Time Out

The Suns took a 43-13 lead over Oklahoma City after one quarter on Saturday night and never looked back in rolling to a 140-113 win over the Thunder at Suns Arena. The Suns shot 60 percent from the floor and Devin Booker led Phoenix with 32 points in 30 minutes. Chris Paul had 17 points and 12 assists in the effort.

The Rockets had no answers for New Orleans guard Lonzo Ball as he had 27 points including eight threes and the Pelicans routed Houston, 122-105, on Sunday night. Houston actually led, 92-89, after three quarters before New Orleans outscored the Rockets, 18-11, over the last 5:20 to post the win. Kelly Olynyk led the way for Houston as he came off the bench to score 26 points while making 9-of-17 shots which included five triples.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Phoenix Suns -14 (-115) -1200 O 222 (-110)
Houston Rockets +14 (-105) +750 U 222 (-110)

Advantage, Phoenix:

Phoenix Suns LogoThis is almost like I ask you to pick the advantage you like since there are so many. The Suns could put up a number here as they are operating on a day’s rest while the Rockets played last night. Phoenix is second in the NBA in field goal percentage at 49 percent as they have a three-point game that complements the two-point game and vice versa. With DeAndre Ayton (14.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg) in the middle and the illuminated dribble-penetration skills of Chris Paul (16.0 ppg, 8.7 apg), this Suns are also second in shooting 56.2 percent while the Rockets have no viable rim-protector and allow 53 percent.

Key Suns Stat:

Devin Booker’s 25.6 points per game are flanked by his 49 percent shooting percentage. He is the only guard in the Western Conference who has accrued those numbers. Booker is averaging 33.5 points per game and making 51.6 percent of his shots in his last four games.

X-Factor:

Phoenix is 23-5 over it’s last 28 games dating back to Feb. 5. They lead the NBA in averaging 119 points per game as well as making 51.1 percent of their field goals in that time period. The 28.3 assists per game also leads the NBA during that long stretch.

Advantage, Houston:

Houston Rockets LogoChristian Wood came on the scene and was injured and missed 17 games. He has scored at least 18 points in 21 of his last 25 games and he is getting to the line 5.8 times per game since he came back. His length and size give him an advantage to at least battle, but he needs help in the post like he had from Kelly Olynyk, who had 26 in yesterday’s loss.

Key Rockets Stat:

Houston is 2-33 in games this season where they have trailed by double digits which again shows there is no player that can dig them out of trouble when it has arose. With this lack of talent and leadership, this franchise has to draft well, but it also has to restructure with veteran free-agents in the off-season.

X-Factor:

The Rockets need revitalization from starters Danuel House and Jae’Sean Tate as they have struggled lately. Over the past three games, House is averaging 8.3 points and shooting 36.8 percent from the field after he averaged 12.2 points and shot 59 percent in his previous five games. Tate has averaged 8.5 points and shot 46.7 percent after averaging 15 points and 55.8 percent from downtown in those five previous games.

Winner: Suns (-14) 124, Rockets 107

Moneyline: Phoenix -1200

O/U: take OVER 222

The Bets
Phoenix Suns -14
-115
Phoenix
-1200
OVER 222
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.