National Basketball Association: MIA vs. HOU
Miami Heat (27-19, 15-10 away) at Houston Rockets (32-12, 17-6 home)
January 22, 2018- 8:00 PM ET (NBATV) Toyota Center, Houston, TX
One game removed from a big win their last time out, the Houston Rockets will look to avoid a letdown when they welcome in the Miami Heat into the Toyota Center for a Monday night contest that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Heat Lines: 5Dimes Spread (+9) ML “See Live Odds”
Best Rockets Lines: MyBookie Spread (-9) ML “See Live Odds”
Over/Under: BetOnline “See Live Odds”
Following a 116-108 home victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday to push their record to 32-12 on the season, the Rockets will now focus their attention on a “surprising” Miami team that enters with a 27-19 record.
And, in this matchup, it will be a battle between two first-place teams as the Heat hold a slim one-game lead over the Washington Wizards in the Southeast Division, while Houston is enjoying a four-game lead over San Antonio in the Southwest Division.
On the road since January 15, the Heat have split their previous four games as they are coming off a 106-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday. In a team without superstars, Miami has built a reputation on being gritty under head coach Erik Spoelstra; something the team must do once again as they have been dealing with injuries.
Guards Dion Waiters, Goran Dragic (knee) and Tyler Johnson (ankle) of Miami all missed action against the Hornets but as a team, the Heat found a way to win.
However, the challenge will be a lot tougher in H-Town as the Rockets have recorded back-to-back wins over Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves at home. As for the win over Golden State, it was significant in that it gave the Rockets the tie-breaker in case they finish tied come season’s end.
Houston forwards Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green will both return to action following their two-game suspensions for last Monday’s dust-up in Los Angeles after the game.
The Heat as a team are scoring 101.2 points a game to allowing 101.9, while the Rockets are are putting up 114.7 points to yielding 106.9 per game.
Both teams will meet one final time on February 7 in South Beach.
Will the hardworking, gritty Heat be able to pull off a huge upset on the road versus a team that will be a force to be dealt with the rest of the way? For sports betting purposes for our US players, the opening betting lines from MyBookie has HOU (-9) points over MIA with an over/under from BetOnline that still needs to determined.
Let’s take a wait and see approach with the complete betting lines as that may be the best betting pick for our money.