two contests


NBA Weekend Betting: Houston vs. Miami Preview

Posted by Stan Jenkins on 3/13/2014 7:18:25 PM

In a star-studded matchup this weekend, the high-flying Houston Rockets take on the Miami Heat for the second time in a matter of weeks. Shortly after Houston won by three in Texas, the Rockets get a chance to sweep the season series from the Heat in South Florida. We’ll see what happens in this rematch, which occurs while both teams probably have a very fresh idea of what to do on the court.

Houston Rockets @ Miami Heat

First, one has to realize that on March 4, in Houston, the Rockets defeated the Heat by a score of 106 to 103. There were lots of things that each team did well in this game, and just as many things each team did poorly. This could lead to a rematch in which one team sustains its level of play while the other one declines. It will be a challenge for a bettor to make this kind of discernment.

What went right for the Rockets? All five of their starters scored in double figures, leading to 91 points from the starting lineup. Miami’s starters, on the other hand, scored just 54 points, with Shane Battier scoring only two points and Chris Bosh only five. Mario Chalmers collected only three points. Houston got its players to play with much more consistency. Furthermore, this was not something that was limited to scoring. The Rockets outrebounded Miami by a margin of 46 to 33, 34 to 23 on the defensive boards. Dwight Howard grabbed 16 rebounds – that was definitely expected and should not be seen as anything out of the ordinary. However, the real big bonus for the Rockets was that Terrence Jones came up with 12 rebounds as well, four of them on offense. Jones proved to be a vital part of Houston’s winning performance. He scored 19 points and did not commit a turnover in 35 minutes on the court. Patrick Beverley scored 19 points as well, making sure that Houston was strong even at its weaker points. Everyone knows about James Harden on the Rockets’ roster, but with Jones and Beverley also playing well, this team becomes more balanced and hard to overcome. Houston also hit 51.3 percent of its shots against Miami, good enough to win in spite of the fact that it missed nine free throws in 27 attempts. The Rockets were great on the boards and in terms of shooting from the field. If they do that in this game, they’ll win again.

Miami, though, did some good things against Houston, too. The Heat committed only eight turnovers while Houston gave up 18 of them. The Heat hit 47.5 percent of field goals, which is going to be good enough to win a lot of games. Miami did miss nine foul shots, though, and as said earlier, Bosh and Chalmers (and Battier) were not very good. There’s plenty for the Heat to improve on.


The Heat get to play Houston at home, in the middle of a long home stand, much as Houston hosted Miami in the middle of a home stand as well. The home team generally gets better performances from role players. That’s why Miami should win here.

Pick: Miami

Stay in touch with NorthBet and find out more about our book here .


two contests

© 2010-2020


[email protected]