The Phoenix Suns head into Houston to take on the new-look Rockets on Wednesday night. The Rockets are two games into their post-James Harden era and things haven’t exactly gone swimmingly. The good news is Victor Oladipo looked solid in his team debut on Monday, scoring 32 points with 9 assists and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes in a blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls.
The Suns came back from a three-game hiatus due to health and safety protocols on MLK Day, losing to the Memphis Grizzlies 108-104. The layoff was clearly not good for the Suns, who had started the season hot. This feels like a get-right spot for Devin Booker, who has regressed a bit with the acquisition of Chris Paul and emergence of various role players. We’ll see if Book can recapture some of that magic from season’s past.
Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets, 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Pick ATS: Suns -6
As was mentioned above, the Rockets have lost four of their past five games by double digits. The Rockets remain without John Wall and Danuel House Jr. on Wednesday. Houston really lacks depth at almost all positions and has very little perimeter and interior defense outside of Oladipo and the undersized PJ Tucker. The Suns are coming off a loss and are 7-5 against the spread this season.
We have a bit of a narrative with Chris Paul back in Houston facing his former team — even though most of his former teammates aren’t really around anymore. Phoenix should be able to dictate things on offense and won’t have trouble limiting the Rockets on offense. Mikal Bridges can bottle up Dipo while Jae Crowder and Deandre Ayton deal with Christian Wood.
Player prop: Victor Oladipo O31.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists (-129)
Before I get into the Dipo prop, I also like Devin Booker’s lines on DKSB. Booker O2.5 3-pointers at +142 seems favorable given what Zach LaVine did to the Rockets on Monday.
Anyway, we saw Oladipo take up a lot of usage in his team debut and we should expect more of the same against the Suns. Even if Bridges limits Oladipo slightly on the offensive end, the former All-Star should see around 20-25 shot attempts. In his Rockets debut, Oladipo smashed this number with 46 combined points, rebounds and assists. Even if we see regression in points, Oladipo should eat up rebounds and assists, making this number pretty easy to clear.
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