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Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets have been in the background all season, slowly ascending in the Western Conference Standings. Now, with just 14 games left to play, the Rockets are being considered as a dark horse to win the West. Houston has proven that they have the firepower to take out anyone in their conference, beating Golden State 3-1 in the season series. Houston is currently in the third seed in the West, but will have to do well to finish that high in the standings. Both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers are just a half-game back, making nearly all of their remaining games must-win’s.

Even after losing to the Warriors their last time out, the Rockets have the best record in the NBA over the last 10 games, going 9-1 over the span. Houston has played at a high level at home all season, and have a 24-10 home record to prove it. In their last five home games, the Rockets are 4-1, with their only loss coming to the Warriors.

Expected Houston Rockets Starting Lineup
Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, James Harden, P.J. Tucker, Clint Capela

Houston Rockets Home NBA Form

13.03.2019 LOSS Warriors 106 – 104 Houston Rockets
11.03.2019 WIN Hornets 106 – 118 Houston Rockets
08.03.2019 WIN 76ers 91 – 107 Houston Rockets
28.02.2019 WIN Heat 118 – 121 Houston Rockets
25.02.2019 WIN Hawks 111 – 119 Houston Rockets

Phoenix Suns

It’s been a season that has offered little to celebrate for the Suns. Phoenix has won just 16 games, the second lowest total in the NBA. Despite their disastrous season, the Suns have had a decent start to the month of March. With four wins out of seven March games, Phoenix has already won more games this month than both January and February combined. Devin Booker has been one bright spot on this Suns roster, as the guard continued to be a high volume scorer this season. Booker has put in big time performances during the Suns wins in the month of March, with the guard averaging 28.7 points and 6.3 assists in seven games this month. Booker is coming off of a 27 point effort his last time out, and will be expected to have another impactful outing against James Harden and the Rockets on Friday.

The Phoenix Suns are 5-5 in their last 10 matches. Away from home, the Suns have been abysmal, going 6-29 in 35 away games. In their last five games on the road, Phoenix has a record of 2-3. The Suns have improved their scoring in away games, averaging 117.5 points per game in their last two games at Golden State and Portland. The Suns have had big problems with the Rockets, losing 10 games in a row against Houston.

Expected Phoenix Suns Starting Lineup
Tyler Johnson, Devin Booker, Dragan Bender, Kelly Oubre Jr., Deandre Ayton

Phoenix Suns Away NBA Form

10.03.2019 WIN Phoenix Suns 115 – 111 Warriors
09.03.2019 LOSS Phoenix Suns 120 – 127 Trail Blazers
25.02.2019 WIN Phoenix Suns 124 – 121 Heat
23.02.2019 LOSS Phoenix Suns 112 – 120 Hawks
21.02.2019 LOSS Phoenix Suns 98 – 111 Cavaliers

The Money Line

Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.

Phoenix Suns to win @ 8.00 (7/1) with Betfair.
Houston Rockets to win @ 1.12 (13/110) with Unibet.

Odds taken at 10:30 GMT 15/03/2019

Key Points

  • The Houston Rockets have won 10 games in a row against the Phoenix Suns
  • James Harden is averaging 44.0 points against the Suns this season
  • The Rockets have won the last five games over the Suns by an average of 11.8 per game

Our Verdict and Best Bets

Look for the Rockets to come out and bounce back from their loss to the Warriors in a big way on Friday. James Harden is putting the bow on his MVP-caliber season, and has been shooting lights-out heading into the Rockets game with the Suns. Harden has averaged 33.4 points per game in his last 10 performances, including a 58 point explosion against the Heat days ago. Expect Harden to have another massive scoreline against the Suns in Houston as the Rockets look to improve their place in the West with a straightforward win over Phoenix on Friday.

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