76ers vs Rockets Prediction - NBA Picks 12/29/23

Houston Rockets (15-14) vs Philadelphia 76ers (21-9)

Game Info: Friday, December 29, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

Betting Odds: Houston Rockets +1.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Philadelphia 76ers look to stay hot after winning 9 of their last 11 games. The Houston Rockets need a win after losing 5 of their last 7 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets prediction.

Philadelphia 76ers Betting Preview

The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Timberwolves, Raptors, and Magic over the last 9 days. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 121.6 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 110.6 points on 46 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 35 points and 6 assists, while Tyrese Maxey is averaging 25.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. Tobias Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 84.7 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game.

Philadelphia 76ers Player Facts

  • Tobias Harris ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (90.8%) this season.
  • De'Anthony Melton ranks 4th amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.7) this season.

Houston Rockets Betting Preview

The Houston Rockets are coming off losses to the Pacers and Suns. The Houston Rockets are averaging 111.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Alperen Sengun is averaging 20.9 points and 9.3 rebounds, while Jalen Green is averaging 16.9 points and 4.4 rebounds. Fred VanVleet is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Smith Jr. is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Rockets rank 1st in the league for opponent field goals made per game this season (38.9).
  • The Rockets rank 1st in the league for Q4 win percentage this season (65.5%).
  • The 76ers rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+11.0).
  • The 76ers rank 1st in the league for steals per game this season (9.0).

Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets prediction

The Philadelphia 76ers are finding ways to win games, but they have offensive issues without Joel Embiid, and they're going to be without their star yet again. The Houston Rockets are one of the better defensive teams in the league and should be able to make life difficult for the 76ers offense. If the Rockets are serious about making a playoff push, these are the games they should win at home. I'll take a shot with the free bucket.

Randy’s Pick Houston Rockets +1.5

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