Houston Rockets vs. Brooklyn Nets: Pro Basketball Odds and Picks

Houston Rockets vs. Brooklyn Nets
Tuesday, 4/1/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Brooklyn -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Brooklyn -2.5
Opening Total:  207
Current Total:  207
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Brooklyn Nets have been the best team in the East since Jan. 1
The Brooklyn Nets have been the best team in the East since Jan. 1

Houston had its five-game winning streak snapped last time out, as it suffered a 118-107 setback to the Los Angeles Clippers as 1.5-point home favorites, while going OVER the betting total for the seventh time in eight contests.  The Rockets are 20-15 SU on the road this season, including an 8-5 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your pro basketball picks.  Offensively, the team is led by shooting guard James Harden, who averages 24.9 points a contest.  Houston is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on two days rest.

The Rockets are third in the league in averaging 106.8 points per game, which is made possible by knocking down 47.6 percent of their shots.  Houston has averaged 52.4 points in the paint since the All-Star break—something to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page.  Harden has been tremendous out on the perimeter recently—knocking down 22 of 41 shots from beyond the arc over that span.

Brooklyn has won back-to-back games, including a 114-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves as four-point home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a seventh consecutive affair.  The Nets have three of five probable starters averaging double figures, with Joe Johnson leading the way at 15.5 points a contest.  The franchise is 25-11 SU at the Barclays Center, including a 10-4 mark versus Western Conference foes.  Brooklyn is 7-0 ATS in its last seven games versus teams with a winning record.

The Nets compiled a solid 12-4 SU record in the month of March, as they attempt to win a team-record 14th consecutive game at this venue.  Brooklyn has tallied a 28-12 mark since the calendar turned to 2014—the best record in the East and fourth-best mark in the NBA over that span.  During the team’s current home winning streak, Johnson has knocked down 51.7 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.

Sports bettors will likely back the Rockets due to their 5-1 ATS mark in the last six meetings in this series.

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