On Monday night, the Houston Rockets square off against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta. The Hawks are 13-13 and have gone 2-4 over their past six games. The Rockets, after winning seven straight, have dropped their past two games against the Milwaukee Bucks and the Memphis Grizzlies.
After starting strong with our best bets against the Bucks, going 3 for 3, we fell back to Earth going 1 for 3 against Memphis. Looking to right the ship, here are the odds and best bets for the Houston Rockets matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Odd: Houston Rockets v Atlanta Hawks
The Houston Rockets are 9.5 point underdogs against the Atlanta Hawks. WynnBET has the Rockets over/under points total at 108.5 and the Hawks at 118.5. If the sportsbooks are right, defense will be optional Monday night in Atlanta.
Best Bets: Houston Rockets v Atlanta Hawks
Best Bet #3: Trae Young over 26.5 points
Trae Young is averaging 26.5 points per game this season. While predicting Young to score 27 points is lofty, there are three very good reasons to think he'll go past that mark.
Over Young's past nine games, he has averaged 29.8 points per game and surpassed 26.5 points in seven of those nine contests. The two times he missed that mark, he scored 25 points.
The next reason is that the Rockets' are the perfect team to rack up points against. Their defensive rating is 22nd in the league, but their 2nd ranked pace means they give up the third-most points per game. More possessions against a bottom ten defense should give Young ample opportunity to rack up the points.
The final reason is that Kevin Porter Jr remains out. While Porter's status as a point guard has been questioned, he has made significant strides as a defender this season. Without him out there, the Rockets won't have anyone capable of slowing down Young.
Best Bet #2: Christian Wood over 10.5 rebounds
Take the over on Christian Wood snagging 10.5 rebounds. Wood is averaging 11.3 rebounds per game. He has grabbed at least 11 rebounds in 15 of 26 games, and in games where he has played at least 30 minutes, he has secured at least 11 rebounds in 14 of 19 games. The Hawks are a top-10 defensive and offensive rebounding team, which makes this a tough matchup. However, when Wood gets 30 minutes, he's a near guarantee to get 11 plus boards.
Best Bet #3: Atlanta Hawks to cover the spread -9.5
The Atlanta Hawk's 13-13 record obscures a really strong team. Their +2.2 net rating is a top-10 mark in the league. The Rockets will have Eric Gordon back, but the Hawks are at home team and are near 10 point favorites for a reason. FiveThirtyEight has the Hawks as 12 point favorites.
The Rockets might not be favorites but if you make the right bets every game can be worth watching. The game tips off at 6:30 Central time, so make sure you get your bets in before tip-off.