Planning on watching today's 76ers and Rockets game? Catch the action at Toyota Center in Houston, TX, as the Rockets hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on NBCS. The 76ers are favored in this non-conference showdown. The game's over/under is currently at 221.5 points.


The Pick: Philadelphia 76ers -1.5

This game will be played at Toyota Center at 8:00 ET on Friday, December 29th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 109-107 in favor of the 76ers.
  • Our projections have Tyrese Maxey finishing with Tyrese Maxey points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • From the field, we have the 76ers finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.2% and knocking down 13 threes.

Pressure Builds for Philadelphia as Away Favorites

The 76ers head into today's game vs. the Rockets as the 1.5-point road favorites. So far, Philadelphia's road record stands at 9-5, and they have been favored in 23 of their 30 games.

Against the spread, the 76ers are 22-8, and they have an average scoring differential of +7.9 points per game on the road (ranked 3rd in the NBA).

When looking at the over/under line for today's game, the average over/under line in their games this season is 229.6. Their average game has combined to finish with 232.2 points.

Philadelphia's over/under record for the season is 19-11, and they have combined with their opponents to score more than today's over/under line of 221.5 in 15 of their 30 games.

In their last game, Philadelphia took down the Magic by a score of 112-92. The 76ers also covered the spread as 2-point underdogs and easily stayed under the over/under line of 228.5 points.

In their most recent game, the 76ers put up a total of 112 points against the Magic. Overall, they shot 46.9% from the field and knocked down 10 three-pointers. Tyrese Maxey was the leading scorer for the 76ers in their last game, finishing with 23 points. Tobias Harris also chipped in 22 points for the 76ers.

Not only do the 76ers' overall defensive numbers look good, as they are 5th in the league in points allowed. Philadelphia has also been playing well on defense of late, ranking 14th in the league over their last three games at 107.3 PPG allowed. When it comes to forced turnovers, the 76ers are forcing 12 per game, which is 5th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 7th in blocked shots at 6 per game.

Will Houston Win at Home?

As the Rockets prepare for their matchup with the 76ers, they are 1.5-point underdogs at home. So far, Houston has gone 12-4 at home compared to 3-10 on the road.

When playing in the Western Conference, the Rockets are 14-9 compared to going just 1-5 against the East. In the Southwest Division, they currently sit in 3rd place and 9th place in the West overall.

Against the spread, Houston is 18-10, and they have lost two straight games ATS. At home, their ATS record is 12-4, and they have failed to cover the spread in two straight home games.

On average, the Rockets' games have combined to finish with 220.8 points, and their over/under record for the season is 11-18. Coming into today's game, their last matchup finished with 242 points, resulting in a 129-113 loss to the Suns.

In their most recent game, the Rockets scored a total of 113 points, which is exactly what they are averaging this season at 111.8 points per game. Alperen Sengün was the leading scorer for the Rockets, finishing with 24 points vs. the Suns. Jalen Green also chipped in with 23 points.

At this time, the Rockets' defense is positioned 2nd in the NBA, permitting 109.0 points per game. In the terms of takeaways, Rockets are causing 12.3 turnovers per game, ranking 8th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 26th in rejections, averaging 4.2 blocked shots each game.