Basketball betting odds handicappers are surprised to see that the Houston Rockets have become a contender for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with the NBA odds.
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Miami was considered to be a betting on basketball lock for the top seed in the Eastern Conference if not the NBA Championship itself but that has proven to not be the case. The Heat had a record of 47-22 straight up and were proven to be a poor board value with a mark of 33-35-1 against the spread.
Miami was even worse as a value at home with a mark of 14-21 against the spread which was a sign of being a consistent overlay. Miami ranked 9th in the NBA for scoring offense and 6th for scoring defense. The Heat trailed Chicago and Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Miami was picking up the pace in mid-March however with 4 payouts in 5 games from March 10 through March 18. LeBron James led the Heat with 26.3 points per game as well as 7 assists per outing.
Houston was back in the Western Conference playoff race and was battling with Utah and Memphis for the final slot. The Rockets had a record of 36-34 straight up and were 37-31-2 against the spread.
Houston was 21-14-1 against the spread on the road and was one of the top offensive teams in the NBA as they ranked 3rd in scoring offense. Kevin Martin was a key NBA betting asset with 22.8 points per game.
Houston has gotten the money in just 5 of their last 15 visits to Miami and has dropped 2 of their last 3 against the spread as a visitor against the Heat. The Rockets and Heat have gone over the basketball betting odds total in 6 of their last 9 matchups at Miami.