The Washington Wizards (21-26) visit the Houston Rockets (11-36) in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled at Toyota Center on Jan 25. The Washington Wizards hold the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference, having won 21 of their 47 matches, while 11 wins out of 47 games have left the Houston Rockets with the 15th seed in the Western Conference. It looks like a very tight match, with little to separate the teams. The home side might just have the psychological edge, having won 115-97 in their last clash against the Washington Wizards.
Houston Rockets VS Washington Wizards Betting expert picks
Rockets VS Wizards Moneyline
Take the Washington Wizards to win (1.69) for the outright win on the moneyline.
The Rockets have had a lot of success against the Wizards in recent years, going 7-3 in recent matchups. However, while they won their last game, the MD sports betting sites listed them as the +125 underdogs. The Wizards are on a 3-0 run and have won five of their last seven road games. Another road win is priced at -145, which implies the visitors have a 59% chance of taking the victory and improving their 21-26 record.
Rockets VS Wizards Spread
Take the Washington Wizards -3.0 (1.91) to cover the spread.
The Wizards (-145) open up as the -3.0-point favorites over the Rockets, according to the oddsmakers. This suggests a road win is possible, but it won’t be by much. A winning margin as high as 11.6 points has settled the last five matches between the Rockets and Wizards.
The Rockets tend to play well at home against the Wizards. In the past five games between the two teams at the Toyota Center, the hosts have won all five games by an average margin of 15.4 points. They are also 3-7 ATS in the past ten games at home and 1-9 ATS overall from their previous ten games.
Even away from home, the Wizards look too good to pass up on the spread. Backing the visitors has paid off in each of their last three games, and we’re tempted to go down this route. In their past 10 matches, the Wizards went 5-5 ATS and also ended up 7-3 ATS from their ten most recent road trips.
Rockets VS Wizards Total
Take the Total Over 230 (1.91)
Based on their head-to-head record, the Rockets and the Wizards look primed for a high-scoring affair. Both sides have seen plenty of points in their ten most recent matchups. They averaged 241.1 points between them, including 225.8 points in the last five at Toyota Center.
The last ten Rockets games produced an average total of 235.7 points. Looking back on the last five games on home soil for the Rockets, the total went over two times. They are 5-3-2 against the total overall from their previous ten matches.
As for the Wizards, the average total has been 232.2 points in the away team’s past ten matches and 232.0 points in the last five on the road. Over was a winning bet three times in the past five road games for the Wizards, who are 6-3-2 against the total in their last 10 home and away games combined.
Rockets VS Wizards Betting trends
- Moneyline (ML): Washington Wizards (-145) | Houston Rockets (+125)
- Against the spread (ATS): Washington Wizards -3.0 (-110) | Houston Rockets +3.0 (-110)
Houston Rockets Form
The Houston Rockets finally ended their 13-game losing skid last time by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-114. The victory improved their record from the past ten games to 1-9. They are also 1-4 in the last five at home.
The Houston Rockets have been having trouble scoring points this season. Their average of 109.9 points per game is one of the lowest in the NBA going into Wednesday’s matchup. The home team has one of the worst defensive records in the entire league. The defense has allowed an average of 117.4 points in 47 games, leaving much to be desired.
Last year, the Houston Rockets failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 20-62 regular season. They ended up 15th in the Western Conference and fifth in the Southwest Division. Their chances of reaching postseason play this season don’t look good either, with the away side 11-36 so far.
The Houston Rockets have 2 players injured for the upcoming match in Kevin Porter Jr. and Jabari Smith.
Washington Wizards Form
Form is really looking good for the Wizards after claiming a 126-127 win against Dallas Mavericks last week. The victory extended their winning streak to three matches, improving their regular season record to 21-26. They are also 9-16 on the road.
The Wizards average 112.8 points per contest, putting them near the middle of the pack among NBA teams for most points. Defensively, the away team hasn’t been as effective in shutting out opponents recently, giving up 117.6 points in the last five matches and 113.6 points for the season.
Last year, the Washington Wizards failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 35-47 regular season. They ended up 12th in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the Southeast Division. Their chances of reaching postseason play this season hang in the balance, with the 21-26 away side sitting 11th in the Eastern – just one spot outside the playoffs.
Kristaps Porzingis is the only injury concern for the Wizards.
Houston Rockets VS Washington Wizards H2H history
The Rockets claimed a strong 115-97 win, when they were last faced with the Wizards. This encounter took place at the Toyota Center in March 2022. Playing the Wizards has been a great experience for the Rockets recently, with three wins on the bounce. Their total record reads 7-3 in their last ten games against the Rockets.
The Houston Rockets managed an average of 122.9 points a game in their ten most recent outings against the Washington Wizards, who averaged 118.2 points.