NBA Free Pick : Dallas at Houston 1/24


HRWager extends our well wishes to all our friends and clients on the eastern seaboard of the United States.  Heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions are dumping close to a foot of snow in some areas.  To help cope with digging everyone out on Sunday, we have the two championship games in football as well as our NBA Free Pick.  It features Dallas (25-20) at Houston (23-22).  Two Texas teams that have been disappointments in the 2015 season.  For this one, the early line is set on the hometown Rockets as a -1 1/2 point favorite.  Can the Rockets stay above .500 and cover the spread on Sunday?

Chandler’s Knee

Dallas needs all the healthy bodies they can throw on the floor and yet at the same time can not dump infinite minutes on Chandler Parsons.  He is expected to play in this one for approximately 30 minutes.  His production as in points per minute is stabilizing to the point it was before the knee injury.  However, they have several issues that are more effort intensive that they need to address.  They are not getting to loose balls and are getting crushed on the boards.  When they can not shoot near 50 percent from the floor, they are in dire circumstances.  Fortunately, Houston is still not a fan of playing defense.

Smith Back to the Rockets

Why would Houston trade back to get Josh Smith?  He is not the answer for the Rockets.  He rewarded their faith by almost going bagel.  Two points on 1 for 10 shooting demonstrates part of his discontent.  He fell beneath scrubs in the rotation in the Clippers.  So while he is happy to be with Houston for playing time, he will revert to old habits quite soon.  The only reason the Rockets are treading water is that Hardin is hitting everything from the three point line.

Ugly game this is going to be.  However, Houston still does not want to play defense.  Total of 208 is going to be obliterated on the high side.  Wager the over for some increased bankroll to end the weekend.  Good fortune and we will see you next time here at the HRW,

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