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Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets 12/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Houston Rockets are hosting the Miami Heat at the Toyota Center in Houston on Friday, December 31, 2021, at 19:00 ET in this matchup between two squads sitting on opposite sides of their respective conference. The Rockets are 1-7 in their previous eight games, while on the other hand the Heat are 6-1 in their previous seven games. 

 

The Rockets have a 10-25 record so far this season and sitting in the bottom of the West. They are 16-18-1 against the spread and 19-16 in over/under. They are coming off a home defeat against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 123-132 score, not beating the odds. They shot with 53% from the field and had three players with 22+ points, led by Jalen Green with 24 points with 4 triples and 4 assists. Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr added 22 points apiece. 

 

Christian Wood leads the team both in scoring with 17.3 ppg and in rebounding with 10.7 per game. Jalen Green follows with 14.8 ppg and 3 rebounds per game.

 

The Rockets average 107 ppg offensively and have the second-worse defense, allowing 114.8 ppg. They have a 45.2% field goal percentage and a 34.4% 3-point percentage.

 

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Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets Predictions 12/31/2021

 

The Heat have a 22-13 record so far this season and are sitting on the 4th place of the East. They are 19-16 against the spread and 20-15 in over/under.

 

They are coming off a home victory against the Washington Wizards with a 119-112 score, not beating the odds, even though they shot worse than their opponents from the field (45% to 49%). They had three players with 25+ points, led by Tyler Herro with a game-high 32 off the bench. He made 5 triples and added 6 rebounds and 3 assists. 

 

Jimmy Butler leads the team in scoring with 22.7 ppg, adding 6.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. Tyler Herro follows with 20.6 ppg, 5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

 

The Heat average 107.4 ppg offensively and have the third-best defense in the league, allowing 103.4 ppg. They have a 46% field goal percentage and a 37% 3-point percentage. 

 

The Heat won both meetings against the Rockets last season. At home with a 113-91 score and on the road with 94-101. They are 8-2 against the spread in their previous ten meetings.

 

Under is 4-0 in their previous four matches. The Rockets have a 7-8 home record this season, while the Heat are 10-9 on the road. The Heat are superior this season, so I’m going to pick them to beat the odds today. 

 

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Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets 12/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 19:00 ET 

 

Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX

 

Date: Friday, December 31, 2021

 

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NBA Odds/Point Spread: Houston Rockets +4.5

 

NBA Totals: 215

 

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