NBA Odds — Rockets Slight Favorite in Possible Playoff Preview at Phoenix

The Western Conference playoff race is so wild and screwy that no one knows how it is all going to end up. But it is quite possible that the Houston Rockets will be in the upper half of the draw, while the Phoenix Suns will be in the lower half. So maybe they will wind up playing each other in the post-season.

These two teams will come together in NBA betting action for Sunday night, and the game will get underway at 9:05 PM ET at the US Airways Center in Phoenix.

For the benefit of customers at Bookmaker, here is the way it looks at the moment for both teams: the Rockets are in a third place tie with the Portland Trail Blazers at 37-16, although one of these teams is in fifth position because the Los Angeles Clippers have to be placed among the upper half of the playoff queue, since they are a division leader. So nothing is guaranteed for Houston; they could be third in the end; they may even challenge San Antonio, which is 2.5 games ahead of them. They could also fall to fifth with a loss here.

Phoenix is in its own strange logjam. The Suns are 33-21 straight-up, so they are in a virtual tie for the sixth spot in the West with the Golden State Warriors, with a lead of just a few percentage points. Both teams are a half-game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks, and the Memphis Grizzlies are just two games behind Dallas. So any kind of a slump on the part of the Suns could push them out of the playoff picture.

When it comes to covering against the basketball lines, Phoenix is unquestionably the better team, with a mark of 36-17-1 versus the number. Houston is 27-25-3 as a pointspread proposition.

In the NBA odds that have been placed on this game at Bookmaker, the Rockets are actually a small favorite on the road:

Houston Rockets -1.5
Phoenix Suns +1.5

Over 214 points -110
Under 214 points -110

Let’s get the injury information out of the way first – James Harden of the Rockets, who has elbow problems, is likely to play here, while Leandro Barbosa of the Suns is dealing with toe issues and is questionable. Eric Bledsoe, who had been doing a brilliant job in Jeff Hornacek’s “two-point guard” system, is out with a knee injury, but that has been an ongoing issue.

These teams have met twice, both times in Houston at the Toyota Center. Phoenix grabbed a 97-88 victory on the road on December 4, holding the Rockets to 35% shooting. But Houston roared back on February 5 with a 122-108 win in which they covered as an eight-point favorite in the NBA odds. In each of these games, the team that got cold from beyond the three-point arc was beaten; Houston went just 9-for-31 in the first meeting, while Phoenix was 8-for-30 in the second.

The Rockets have had two days off after having their eight-game winning streak broken by the Golden State Warriors in a 102-99 defeat in Oakland on Thursday night. After hitting at least 50% in five of their previous seven games, Houston was “bricking” against the Warriors, shooting less than 37%.

Bookmaker customers who have been following the West playoff race know that if they continue taking bad shots, Phoenix is in a position to pounce. In the process of winning three straight games, the Suns have held their opponents to combined 37.5% from the field. The latest victim was San Antonio, which shot 35%, going into the US Airways Center as a two-point favorite in the basketball betting odds and coming out as a 106-85 loser.

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