Cleveland Cavaliers waits at home one of the strongest teams in NBA these days – Houston Rockets. There is no doubt this is going to be the league’s most exciting match today. The guests led by James Harden have been unstoppable lately with eight wins and two losses in their last ten games. It is important to note that both losses came away from home, as Rockets last to New Orleans and LA Clippers. It is also important to mention that in both matches Houston were put as favorites by the bookmakers but they failed to win.
Statistics show Houston as favorites because this season they outperform the finalists of last year’s campaign. James Harden is the best scorer for Rockets with 31.5 points per game, while LeBron James, who is best for Cavaliers is only with 26.6. The situation is the same wit the assists. Both player are best for their teams as Harden makes an average of 9.1 per game while James has 8.7.
The two teams have already met this season, with Houston won at home, but in a very difficult match. Rockets beat 117:113 in a match played on November 10th. Last year Cleveland managed to win their home game, again with very low margin 95:90 after Extra time. Lebron James, Kevin Love and company is by no means underestimated by the bookmakers, and they have shown that although it is difficult for them this year, they have what is needed to be the usual factor in the championship.
Apart from all this, another important factor is in favor for the hosts, as they have one day more rest for compared with their guests. Cleveland played their last game on Feb. 1 with a home win over Miami with 91:89. Houston had a tough game in San Antonio yesterday, although they achieved a solid 92:101 victory against Spurs. However, the tiredness of two consecutive difficult away games will for sure affect their game, and that’s what makes Houston’s role as a bookmaker favorite in the match a little odd.
Bet365 gives +3 for the hosts with odds 1.95, which is a good enough for a solid bet. Whether it will happen is another story, but to bet for LeBron James at home with +3, against an opponent which had a tough match yesterday, even if it is Houston is a fully justified bet.