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Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors
The Rockets went into the All-Star Break red hot by winning eight of their last 12 games and broke the Celtics’ seven-game winning streak along the way.
Unfortunately, this is a season the Warriors are ready to forget; without Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, they have the worse winning percentage in the league and currently have lost nine of their last 11 games.
Houston’s betting trends are not favorable in this matchup as they are just 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 road games and 5-16 when they’re playing on the road against a team with a losing record. Golden State is a solid 11-11 when it is the home underdog, 22-20 after a loss, and in its last matchup in The Bay, the Warriors defeated the Rockets on Christmas 116-104.
Golden State +10
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detriot Pistons
The Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks went into the break on fire by winning 10 of their last 12 games and hold a steady 6.5 game lead on the rest of the conference.
The Detriot Pistons seem to be heading into a downward spiral, all of which includes trading their star Andre Drummond for a meaningless pick and losing eight of their last 10 games including four straight.
The fact the Bucks have to start the unofficial second half of the season on the road doesn’t bother them; they have won six of their last seven games away from Milwaukee. Milwaukee is 4-0-1 in its last five against the spread in Detroit and has won 10 consecutive games straight up against the Pistons, nine of those were by double digits.
Milwaukee Bucks -13
Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks
Both Atlanta and Miami hit a rough patch as they went into the All-Star break. The Heat have lost four of their last five games, including five of their last seven games on the road. The Hawks have lost nine of their last 14 games but faired better at home as they’ve won four of their last five.
Miami obviously has more to play for; they hold a commanding 11.5 game lead in the Southeast Division, the fourth seed in the East and are still in range for the second and third positions in the East. They made some moves before the trade deadline, the most notable was obtaining Andre Iguodala.
Atlanta has one of the best rising young stars in Trae Young, but being in second to last in the league, the Hawks are in rebuild mode.
The Heat have won five of their last seven games in Atlanta and are 3-0 against the Hawks this season. Although Atlanta has played better at home and Miami has struggled on the road, a new rotation and time off to get healthy should give the Heat boast they need.
Miami Heat -6
Total To Bet On: Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Under 217