Rockets vs 76ers Prediction - NBA Picks 1/15/24

Philadelphia 76ers (24-13) vs Houston Rockets (19-18)

Game Info: Monday, January 15, 2024 at 1:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia 76ers -7.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers collide at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday afternoon. Here’s a Rockets vs 76ers Prediction.

Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets have been in decent shape as they've split their last eight games, but they will be hoping for a better performance in this one after getting thrashed by the Celtics in a 145-113 road defeat on Saturday. Cam Whitmore led the team with 22 points off the bench, Alperen Sengun added 19 points with 10 rebounds and four steals while Dillon Brooks chipped in with 12 points. As a team, the Rockets shot just 40 percent from the field and seven of 30 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep pace with the Celtics from the start and trailed by seven points going into halftime and things only got worse in the third quarter where they allowed 43 points.

Houston Rockets Player Facts

  • Fred VanVleet ranks 5th amongst qualified players for assists per game (8.6) this season.
  • Alperen Sengun ranks 4th amongst qualified Centers for assists per game (4.8) this season.

Philadelphia 76ers

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers were struggling for a while there as they had lost three in a row before they snapped out of it with a 112-93 win over the Kings on Friday. Tobias Harris led the team with 37 points on 14 of 25 shooting, Tyrese Maxey added 21 points while Nicolas Batum chipped in with 14 points on five of five shooting. As a team, the 76ers shot just 43 percent from the field and 15 of 35 from the 3-point line, but this win was more about their defense as they set the tone early and restricted the Kings to just 33 percent shooting for the game.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The 76ers rank 1st in the league for steals per game this season (9.2).
  • The 76ers rank 1st in the league for opponent three-point percentage this season (33.7%).
  • The Rockets rank 2nd in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (74.9%).
  • The Rockets rank 2nd in the league for opponent field goals made per game this season (39.7).

Rockets vs 76ers Prediction

The 76ers are still shorthanded with Robert Covington ruled out and Joel Embiid listed as questionable, while the Rockets are still without Victor Oladipo. The Rockets are coming into this one fresh off a massive lost to the Celtics, while the 76ers were struggling before they got back on track with a dominant win over the Kings. The line will shift significantly if Embiid is able to suit up, but even if he doesnt, I have the 76ers getting the win and cover here.

 

Peter’s Pick Philadelphia -7.5

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