Our last NBA betting pick was a huge winner yesterday, so we are looking to go back-to-back with the best Rockets v Heat prediction for January 8th, 2024. On January 7th, we accurately predicted that Lakers will beat the Clippers which nearly tripled our money as the odds on the Money Line were at 2.85! Another huge betting opportunity is ahead of us as the NBA brings a 6-game slate for Monday to jump start our week with some good returns.
A young and up-and-coming Rockets team is heading on the road, while the experienced Heat are coming back home fresh of a 2-3 stint on the West Coast. This matchup couldn’t have been more of a battle between the opposites.
Improved Rockets Preparing For Lift Off This Season
The Rockets like to rely on their explosive offense, but they’ve definitely improved on the defensive end this year with the assignment of head coach Ime Udoka. After only picking up a total of 22 wins last season, they already have 18 dubs and a positive record of 18-16. They will certainly mark a drastic improvement this year and I bet on them to make the Playoffs (either directly or via the Play In). The management have done a good job incorporating a mixture of hot young talent to go alongside with proven vets such as Fred Van Fleet, who is running the point and averaging about 17 points with 8 assists. Uncle Jeff Green, at the age of 35, has once again been in the highlight reels with explosive dunks, and he is also another experienced yet quite impactful piece.
In light of this NBA betting pick, let’s examine the visitors’ starting five in our Rockets at Heat prediction. Van Fleet runs the point and Jalen Green is the Shooting Guard averaging 17.4 PPG with 4.6 Assists and 3 Rebounds. Green is an ultra explosive guard that’s able to dunk on anyone, but he also has a good shot. One of the best players for the Rockets is the Turkish center Alperen Sengun, who is n in the conversation for the Most Improved Player of Year Award with his 21 points and 9 rebounds per game. Jabari Smith is the Small Forward and he is also putting up decent numbers with 13.4 points to go along with nearly 9 rebounds. Smith is another capable 3-point shooter.
Solid Heat Despite All Injuries
The Miami Heat have been playing solid basketball despite all the injuries they’ve had to deal with in this early season. Leading scorer Tyler Herro missed 17 games with an ankle injury. Jimmy Butler is listed as Out for this Rockets at Heat prediction, and has already missed about 10 games this season. Bam Adebayo has been the most consistent of the Heat’s Big 3, but it hasn’t been easy for him to delivery on a nightly basis. Kyle Lowry has also missed a number of games thus far. All these injuries have opened the door for some of the younger Heat players, including their rookie Jamie Jaguez Jr. In my opinion, Jamie is one of the best rookies this year, and he is a true Miami Heat type of player. Plays with a lot of heart and hustle. He can shoot, dribble, he has the complete package.
Rockets at Heat Prediction
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