Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets - 10/18/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets - 10/18/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (3-2) vs. Miami Heat (4-0)

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Arena)

The Line: Miami Heat +5 -- Over/Under: 223.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Rockets and Miami Heat meet Friday in NBA preseason action at the American Airlines Arena.

The Houston Rockets look for a win to finish their preseason with a 4-2 record. The Houston Rockets are averaging 122 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 44 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.6 points and 9.4 assists while Russell Westbrook is averaging 16.3 points and 4.7 assists. Chris Clemons is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50.4 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won seven of their last 10 preseason games.

The Miami Heat look for another win to finish the preseason with a perfect 5-0 record. The Miami Heat are averaging 111.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 90 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Tyler Herro is averaging 16.3 points and 2.7 assists while Dion Waiters is averaging 13 points and four assists. Bam Adebayo is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Jones Jr. is grabbing five rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 25 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won each of their last seven preseason games.

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The under is 18-5-3 in Rockets last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in Rockets last 6 road games. The over is 3-1-1 in Rockets last 5 overall. The Heat are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 6-1 in Heat last 7 home games. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Miami.

We've hit on the Miami Heat all preseason, especially in the underdog role, and while they're on the end of a back to back, I'm not shying away from them. The Heat are one of those teams that try to win no matter the circumstances, as they have an old school mentality where ben their practices are physical and not for the weak. The Houston Rockets are probably the more talented team from top to bottom, the Heat play harder and that matters in preseason where guys often aren't going all out. 

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Randy’s Pick Miami Heat +5

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