NBA – TUE 3/19 | 7:30 PM EDT | STATE FARM ARENA
Rockets Looking to Keep Building Positive Momentum
The Houston Rockets won their second straight and their 11th in the last 12 games as they ran past Minnesota at home Sunday night. Houston entered Monday third in the Western Conference, 3.5 games behind the Warriors and Nuggets for the top spot: they held a 2.5 game edge over the Spurs in the Southwest Division. The Rockets were down four after the opening quarter, led by one at the half and seized control by outscoring Minnesota 43-29 in the third quarter. Houston shot 45.7 % from the field, including 21 of 50 from three-point land, and committed just nine turnovers in the game. Chris Paul led The Rockets with 25 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists in the win.
Hawks Seeking Upset Victory as Playoff Elimination Number is One
The Atlanta Hawks comes in off back to back losses on the road and hope that a return home can get them back in the win column. Atlanta is 12th in the Eastern Conference standings, 10.5 games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot, leaving them with an elimination number of one. The Hawks were down three after the opening quarter and trailed by 10 at the half: they were unable to draw closer than five the rest of the way as they ran out of gas. Atlanta shot 41.8 % from the field, including eight of 35 from three-point land, but turned the ball over 18 times in the game. Trae Young led the Hawks with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists in the loss.
The Houston Rockets have been on an offensive roll since getting Chris Paul and Clint Capela back in the lineup. They’ve also recently readded Danuel House Jr., who has provided even more of an offensive spark. Meanwhile, the Over has hit in seven of the Hawks’ last 10 games. My simulations saying 240 points will be scored. Take the Over.