Rockets vs. Suns NBA Odds, Preview and Prediction

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Christian Wood #35 of the Rockets dunks the ball while defended by Kenrich Williams #34 of the Thunder. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

Once again, the NBA odds are on hold for Thursday’s game between the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns – but we’re on the case anyway, so let’s break down the matchup.

Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns

Thursday, November 4, 2021 – 10:00 PM EDT at Footprint Center

So close, and yet so far. The New Orleans Pelicans (+430 away) got off to a hot start Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns, and they even carried a six-point lead into the fourth quarter – but they were running on fumes by then. Final score: New Orleans 100, Phoenix 112.

The Suns (3-3 SU, 2-4 ATS) have to play better than if they want to make the NBA Finals again this year. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. The Suns have another “cupcake” opponent coming up this Thursday when they host the Houston Rockets (1-6 SU, 4-3 ATS), who have exactly the same record that the Pellies had heading into Tuesday’s contest.

Once again, the NBA odds are on hold at press time while we wait to see who suits up. Will the Rockets also be +430 road dogs on the moneyline? And will we take that bet again? Probably, but let’s do some research first.

Got Wood?

There is one big difference between the Pelicans and the Rockets: Houston isn’t expected to make the playoffs this year, or perhaps anytime soon. They’re still in rebuilding mode, several years and one Zion Williamson behind where New Orleans finds itself now.

The Rockets do have some promising players in Christian Wood (plus-0.5 BPM at Basketball Reference) and this year’s No. 2 overall pick, Jalen Green (minus-5.0 BPM), but as you can tell by those Box Plus/Minus numbers, Green is living up to his name.

Houston also has a boom-or-bust prospect in Kevin Porter Jr. (minus-6.5 BPM), but he’s struggling right now, limited by a sore left ankle he picked up last week. And they have veteran point guard Eric Gordon (plus-0.7 BPM), but he’s questionable for Thursday with some kind of stomach bug or something.

Gordon wasn’t in uniform Tuesday night when the Rockets almost beat the Los Angeles Lakers; they ended up losing 119-117 as 10.5-point road dogs.

Ayton Place

As for the Suns, they’re once again waiting on the status of Deandre Ayton (plus-1.8 BPM), who didn’t play Tuesday and remains questionable for Thursday’s contest.

The good news for Phoenix: Ayton did put in a limited practice on Wednesday. We probably won’t know if he’ll be active until the morning shoot-around, though.

Our mantra for making NBA picks these days is the same: Be patient. But for now, we’re putting out an early recommendation for the Rockets.

They’re not nearly as short-handed as the Pelicans were on Tuesday, and they’ve got younger and fresher legs, so if the game plan for Phoenix is to out-score Houston by 18 points in the fourth quarter, good luck with that. Bet accordingly when the NBA lines come out, and may the sphere be with you.

NBA Pick: Rockets +10.5 (-108) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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