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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Houston Rockets vs. Miami Heat

January 8, 2024


The Houston Rockets will travel to Miami, Florida to face the Miami Heat at the Kaseya Center with the game scheduled to start at 7:30 PM ET and will air on the Sun Channel on Monday night.



The Rockets have been a middle-of-the-pack team in the Western Conference this season as they enter this game with a record of 18-16 and are in 9th place in the Western Conference while having won three of their last four games including a 112-108 win at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. 



Houston plays at a slower tempo than the majority of the teams in the NBA which leads them to be one of the lower-scoring teams while having one of the better teams defensively as they enter this game averaging 115.14 points per game which is below the league average of 115.47 points per game while allowing the 2nd fewest points per game with an average of 109.88 points allowed per game. Alperen Sengun has been one of the best players on the team as he leads the team in scoring and rebounds and is 2nd on the team in assists with an average of 21.4 points, 9 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. The Houston Rockets will look to build momentum following the win at home against the Milwaukee Bucks when they travel to face the Miami Heat.



The Miami Heat are in 8th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 20-15 and have lost three of their last four games including Friday’s 97-113 loss on the road against the Phoenix Suns. Miami has been one of the better teams defensively in the NBA as they are allowing the 8th fewest points per game with an average of 111.57 points per game, however, the Heat have been one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league as they are averaging the 7th fewest points per game with an average of 112.46 points per game. 



Bam Adebayo is averaging a double-double this season with an average of 22 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while also leading the team in blocks with an average of 0.96 blocks per game. The Miami Heat will look to bounce back following the loss on the road against the Suns when they host the Houston Rockets on Monday night.



BookMaker has the Miami Heat listed as 5-point favorites at home against the Houston Rockets on Monday night. Miami has won eight of the last ten including the previous six meetings while going 7-2-1 ATS in the last ten games in the series. The Houston Rockets are 20-12-2 ATS overall, 6-6-1 ATS on the road, and 8-2-1 ATS as a favorite this season while the Miami Heat are 16-19 ATS overall, 5-10 ATS at home, and 8-8 ATS as an underdog on the year.



Miami enters this game with a better record and has been the better team in the series, winning eight of the previous ten meetings. The Heat have also been the better team at covering the spread in the series going 7-2-1 ATS in the last ten matchups. Lay the points with the Miami Heat when they host the Houston Rockets on Monday night. 

Spooky Express Pick: Miami Heat -5