NBA Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, Preview

HOUSTON @ PHILADELPHIA | 1/21 | 8:00 PM EST

The Houston Rockets will head out on a brief two game road trip in this one. They persevered for a thrilling 138-134 overtime home win over the Lakers on Saturday. The Rockets only converted on 42% of their field goals, although they drilled a whopping 25 three’s, while the Lakers went 52% from the field. Rockets’ scoring leader James Harden came through with another spectacular effort, accumulating 48 points on 14 for 30 shooting.

The Philadelphia 76ers will resume a three game homestand in this one. They had a three game winning streak snapped in a tough 117-115 home loss to the Thunder on Saturday in a game that had the 76ers favored by 2.5 points. The 76ers were able to shoot a solid 47% in the defeat, while holding OKC to a 44% clip. 76ers’ leading scorer Joel Embiid was productive in the loss, collecting 31 points along with eight rebounds. The seven-foot center is playing well, averaging 28.6 points on the month, and he is up to 27 PPG and 13.2 RPG on the season.

It’s unknown whether Joel Embiid or Jimmy Butler will play at this point, but regardless, the Rockets have struggled without Clint Capela to grab boards and play defense, and if any team and player can hold James Harden to under 40 points these days, maybe it’s the 76ers with Ben Simmons, or Butler, or both. Philly is a premier 19-5 at home, with the last nine of those victories by an average of 20.6 ppg. And Houston is just 9-12 on the road.

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