NBA Betting: Houston Rockets in must-win versus Kings

By: Brad Young | Monday, April 4, 2011

Sacramento (22-54 straight up, 34-40 against the spread) begins a four-game road trip playing the role of spoiler.  The Kings are headed to the NBA Lottery, while Tuesday’s opponent Houston (41-36 SU, 41-34-2 ATS) continues to fight for a playoff berth.

Sacramento is also going into the offseason with it uncertain if the franchise will stay in California’s capital city or relocate to Anaheim.

The Rockets enter this matchup in ninth place in the Western Conference standings, three games behind New Orleans and Memphis.  Houston has just five games remaining in the regular season to catch either the Hornets or Grizzlies.

Tuesday’s contest is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. PT from Houston’s Toyota Center.

Sacramento had dropped back-to-back outings before upending Utah Sunday as 6 ½-point home ‘chalk,’ 106-97.  The combined 203 points failed to eclipse the 206 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ cash the third consecutive contest.

The Kings finished the contest with advantages in rebounding, 39-33, assists, 29-25, and points in the paint, 52-40.  Sacramento shot a robust 52 percent (41-of-79) from the field, and 40 percent (6-of-15) from behind the arc.

Point guard Tyreke Evans paced the offense with 24 points, four rebounds and 10 assists.  Power forward DeMarcus Cousins accounted for 17, nine and six, while shooting guard Francisco Garcia provided 17, four and four.

Houston is riding a modest two-game SU winning streak after beating Atlanta Sunday as a six-point home favorite, 114-109.  The Rockets are just 1-2 ATS their past three performances.  The combined 223 points soared past the 200 ½-point closing total, helping the ‘over’ cash the second consecutive contest.

Houston rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit, outscoring the Hawks in the third quarter, 32-18.  The Rockets grabbed more rebounds, 35-30, and also scored more points in the paint, 56-38.  Houston connected at a 57-percent clip (43-of-75) from the field, but just 20 percent (3-of-15) from 3-point land.

Shooting guard Kevin Martin enjoyed a solid effort with 35 points and eight assists in the victory, while center Chuck Hayes had 19 and 12 rebounds.  Point guard Kyle Lowry provided 17 and eight assists, while power forward Luis Scola had 15.

Houston has won the last four meetings with Sacramento SU and ATS after winning all three encounters this season.  The Rockets prevailed Dec. 14 as a 9 ½-point home ‘chalk,’ 118-105, Dec. 19 as a 3 ½-point road favorite, 102-93, and March 7 as a 4 ½-point road ‘chalk,’ 123-101.  The ‘over’ is 6-2 the previous eight games in this series.  The Kings are 8-1 ATS the last nine meetings in Houston, and the road team is 21-7 ATS the past 28 matchups.

Sacramento is reporting no players as ‘probable,’ ‘questionable’ or ‘doubtful’ for this contest.  Houston guard Kyle Lowry (facial injury) is ‘probable’ against the Kings.

Sacramento follows this contest with road games against San Antonio, Memphis and Golden State.  Houston’s next game is at New Orleans before returning for a two-game homestand versus the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas.

The Kings have seen the ‘over’ go 13-3 their past 16 road games.  The Rockets are 11-2 ATS their previous 13 outings versus Pacific Division opponents.

 
 
 
 
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