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Houston Rockets Game Day: Early Game vs. James’ Cavaliers

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Feb 27, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee (1) shoots the ball during the third quarter as Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (6) defends at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Nets 102-98. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Keys To Winning:

  • Through the 4-game winning streak Houston have been finding a way to win and taking care of the ball, this will be imperative versus the Cavaliers who will make the Rocket’s pay for turnovers via fast break transition points.
  • Pace: Houston rank 3rd and Cleveland rank 24th in pace which is an important difference considering the Rockets get 4 more possessions per game.
  • The Rockets get a bit of a break with Kyrie Irving out for the Cav’s Sunday as he continues to nurse his shoulder injury that no one can figure out how he obtained. (hey, I told you the kid wouldn’t  make it through the season uninjured!)
  • Finally based on the major discrepancy of the two benches Houston need to use this advantage to force the starters to play on both ends to fatigue them faster and force Cleveland’s reserves on the court where the Rockets have a big upper hand.

The Pick:

The odds makers originally had Houston favored by 1.5 points which in essence is the home court spread as all home teams generally start with that margin. Since then they’ve changed this to a pick which means they slightly favor Cleveland. Hmm. Still as long as the zebras call this fairly (see Warriors getting a bad whistle in Cleveland) Houston’s better defense and bench should be the difference in the outcome. Rockets by 3.

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