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76ers vs. Rockets NBA Betting Preview, Odds and Analysis 08/14/20

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets Betting Preview and Odds

Namely, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons change the 76ers NBA betting dynamics.  Philadelphia struggled before the coronavirus shutdown with their dynamic duo sidelined.  Ironically enough the 4.5-month break helped the Sixers.  Embiid is back and healthy.  Although Simmons remains out for the year.  Embiid’s return wouldn’t have been the case if the playoffs were held last April.  Houston has been one of the better NBA Bubble teams.   Owing to an increase in value have the Rockets regained favorability.  Houston has shown far better than before the layoff.  Rockets preseason expectations are finally being met.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets Betting Information

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: ESPN WWOS, Orlando, Florida
TV Coverage: ESPN

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets

76ers +4½ (-110) 230 (-110) +165
Rockets -4½ (-110) 230 (-110) -190
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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets CashBet Wagering Analysis

Certainly, the Rockets will gain more sportsbook support for this matchup.  Problematic is the playing time factor.  Each team is likely to employ load management.  In the first place, Houston and Philadelphia are guaranteed playoff spots.  In the same way, seeding is negligible.  Neither team is in danger of having to play a one or two seed in the playoffs.  Intensity is another question for handicappers.  More emphatically tight defensive effort may be lacking.  With that in mind, there may be some over the total plays.  Live betting will draw action due to lineup concerns.

Rockets Lift-Off for Soaring Profits

Late on the Rockets have gotten the money in four of their last five games.  Three of their last four stayed under the betting on NBA total.  Houston is 44-25 straight up, 33-36 vs. the odds, with 30 overs.  Second, for scoring and 22nd for points allowed are the Rockets metrics.  Houston is the fourth-place team in the Western Conference.  Owing to their inconsistent play before the shutdown did the Rockets lose wagering support.  Houston’s tandem of James Harden and Russell Westbrook maintain credibility.  Due to the Rockets resurgence have gamblers quickly forgiven past failures.

Naturally three-time NBA scoring champion James Harden is burning the nets.  Harden is averaging 34.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game.  While Russell Westbrook adds 27.4 points, 8.0 assists and 7.1 assists per contest.

76ers Flop with Betting Bubble Burst

Fashion the 76ers disappointment of one payout in five games.  Eight of their last 10 have gone over the total.  Philadelphia has a betting on basketball record of 42-28 straight up, 29-37-4 vs. the spread, with 32 unders.  NBA metrics have the Sixers 21st for scoring but fifth for points allowed.  Owing to this has been mounting frustration with gamblers.  No other team was more touted as a potential sleeper.  Yet the Sixers red ink continues to flow.  Philadelphia has been one of the worst values in the Association.

Accordingly, Embiid leads the 76ers with 23.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.  Embiid has established himself as an elite NBA center.  SF Tobias Harris has offered effective support.  To show Harris has 19.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.

Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets Head to Head with Spread

Overall, the 76ers are 3-9 vs. the line as dogs.  Eight of their last 12 as pups have gone under the total.  Philadelphia has covered three of their last seven as dogs to Houston.  Three of their last four in that role went under.  Overall, the 76ers have paid in nine of their last 14 with Houston.  Four of the last five between these teams went under.  As a chalk, the Rockets have covered two of their last eight.  Three of their last five as favorites stayed under.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets CashBet Free Pick

The outcome of this Basketball betting matchup is debatable.  Granted the Rockets are in better form.  But playing time for Harden and Westbrook is unconfirmed.  Over the total looks best here.

76ers vs. Rockets CashBet Best Bet:  Over the Total


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