Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards Prediction, Preview, and Odds

Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards Prediction, Preview, and Odds

It’s an interconference battle on the hardwood as a pair of teams lock up in search of a win in the nation’s capital. The Houston Rockets are on the road as they make the trip to take on the Washington Wizards Tuesday night. Houston comes in off a 117-103 home win over Cleveland Saturday night, winning outright as a five-point underdog, in their previous contest. Washington was drubbed 130-104 at home by Boston in their previous game Sunday night, failing to cover the line as a 15-point underdog. In the all-time regular season series between the teams, the Wizards own an 82-77 advantage but the Rockets have taken the last two matchups, including a 135-119 home win in the first meeting this season Thursday night.

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Houston Rockets Looking to Stay Hot

Houston won their fifth straight game and their seventh in the last eight as they defeated Cleveland at home Saturday night in their previous contest. The Rockets entered Monday third in the Southwest Division with a 32-35 record, leaving them nine games behind the Pelicans for the top spot. They were 11 in the Western Conference, 15 games behind the Thunder for the top spot and 6.5 games behind the Kings for the final guaranteed spot. The team was 3.5 games behind the Lakers for the final spot in the play-in tournament. Against Cleveland, Houston took a five-point lead after the opening quarter. The Rockets extended to a 16-point margin at the half and led by 25 after three quarters. Houston didn’t let Cleveland closer than the final margin down the stretch. The Rockets shot 48% from the floor, including 15 of 42 from three-point range, and forced 15 turnovers in the victory. Jalen Green led Houston with 26 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 15, 2024

The Rockets enter this contest 20 in the league with 113.2 points per game on the season. Houston is 4 in rebounding by collecting 45.9 boards a night while they are 25 in assists with 24.7 dimes per contest. The Rockets are 10 in scoring defense as they give up an average of 112.5 points per game on the year. Alperen Sengun leads the team in scoring with 21.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and five assists per game this season. Jalen Green (18.7 points, 4.9 rebounds), Fred VanVleet (16.9 points, 8.2 assists), Dillon Brooks (12.9 points) and Jabari Smith Jr. (13.5 points) have been solid secondary scoring options this season. Amen Thompson, Cam Whitmore (12.1 points), Tari Eason, Jeff Green, Jae’Sean Tate, Reggie Bullock, Jock Landale and Aaron Holiday have to contribute for coach Ime Udoka for the team to have success. Houston is 26 in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.9% as a team from the floor. The Rockets are 19 in threes per game as they knock down 12.2 triples a night and stand 27 in three-point shooting by hitting 35% from beyond the arc.

Steven Adams (knee) is out for the season. VanVleet (groin) last played on February 4 and is expected to be out until late February. Eason (leg) last played on January 1 and is slated to miss the rest of the season. Sengun (knee) last played on March 10 and is out indefinitely while Whitmore (knee) last played on March 10 and is out until early April.

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Washington Wizards Trying to Play Spoiler

Washington was pasted at home by Boston in the second game of a back-to-back situation Sunday evening. The Wizards entered Saturday 11-57 on the season and were in the basement of the Southeast Division, 29 games behind the Magic for the top spot. They have been eliminated from playoff contention. Against Boston, Washington was blasted early, trailing by 18 after the opening quarter, by 28 at the half and by 30 after three quarters as they were never in the game after the opening few minutes. The Wizards shot 46.1% from the floor, including 10 of 34 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 16 times in the loss. Jordan Poole led Washington with 31 points in the defeat.

— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 18, 2024

On the season, the Wizards are 16 in the league in scoring offense with 113.8 points per game. Washington is 30 in rebounding by grabbing 40.5 boards a night while they stand 8 in assists by dishing out 28.1 dimes a contest. The Wizards are 30 in scoring defense by allowing 124 points per game. Kyle Kuzma leads the team as he averages 22.4 points plus 6.5 rebounds per contest this season. Jordan Poole (16.7 points, 3.9 assists), Deni Avidja (14 points, 6.9 rebounds) and Tyus Jones (12 points, 7.3 assists) each average in double figures. Corey Kispert (12.4 points), Johnny Davis, Eugene Omoruyi, Bilal Coulibaly, Ryan Rollins, Richaun Holmes, Marvin Bagley III (11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds), Landry Shamet, Isaiah Livers and Delon Wright are key pieces of the rotation for coach Brian Keefe. Washington is 17 in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47% from the floor as a team. The Wizards are 18 in threes per game as they drain 12.2 triples per contest and they stand 29 in three-point shooting by connecting on 34.8% of their attempts from beyond the arc.

Livers (hip) last played on January 21 and is out indefinitely. Bagley III (back) is out until late March while Shamet (calf), Avidja (knee), Coulibaly (wrist), Jones (back) and Omoruyi (ankle) are all ruled out for this contest.

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Washington is playing their third game in four nights here and their fourth in six nights. They have been abused on a regular basis of late and fell to 0-12 in the second game of back-to-back sets with Sunday’s loss to Boston. The Wizards are ridiculously beaten up with seemingly half their rotation missing in action at this point in time. Houston, on the other hand, has won five straight and seven of their last eight as they try to climb back into a playoff spot. The Rockets are playing solid basketball right now, even with Sengun missing and they should take care of a sputtering Washington squad.

Prediction: Houston Rockets -6.5

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Houston has stayed under the number in 36 of their 67 games on the year entering Monday. The Rockets stand 10th in the league in turnovers by averaging 13 per game while they are 14th in the league in tempo with an average of 99.1 possessions per game. Washington comes into this game having stayed under the total in 34 of their 68 games on the season entering Monday’s action. The Wizards are 21st in the league in turnovers by committing 13.9 turnovers per contest while they lead the league in pace by running and gunning their way to 102.9 possessions a game this season. Washington plays their third game in four nights but Houston is below average offensively in addition to being minus their leading scorer. As a result, this falls short of the number.

Prediction: Under 229.5

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