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76ers @ Rockets: Rockets on a roll as Sixers come to town

76ers @ Rockets NBA odds spreads and predictions

The Philadelphia 76ers will travel to Houston to take on the Rockets looking to bounce back after a tough loss on Wednesday night.

Jimmy Butler finished with 22 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals for Philadelphia in a 108-107 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Ben Simmons added 18 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals, JJ Redick contributed 15 points, two rebounds and two assists, and Tobias Harris chipped in 13 points and four rebounds for the Sixers.

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 39 points, five rebounds and four assists in the victory.

Game information

When is it? Friday March 8th

What time is tip off? 8:00 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? Toyota Center

Which channel is it on? ESPN

The lowdown

The Houston Rockets are rolling and they aren't slowing down for anyone.

Winners of six games in a row, the Rockets will look to make it seven straight tonight.

James Harden finished with a game-high 35 points to go along with three assists and three steals for the Rockets in a 107-95 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Gerald Green added 18 points off the bench, Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon contributed 13 points apiece, Clint Capela had nine points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Paul chipped in five points, six rebounds, 10 assists and two steals for the Rockets in the win.

76ers @ Rockets Spread

The Houston Rockets are giving the 76ers 6.5 points in this basketball game.

If the point spread is less than 10 points, yes even if it were 9.5 points, roll with the Rockets in this contest.

I like Houston at home in this game.

Take the Rockets minus the points.

76ers @ Rockets Over/Under

The over/under in this one is set at 233 total points.

My final score prediction: Houston Rockets 125, Philadelphia 76ers 117.

Roll with the over in this match-up.

Where the game will be won or lost

The Houston Rockets are finally healthy, they are currently riding a season-high six-game winning streak and have one goal in mind - that is to win the NBA title.

The Rockets (39-25) will finish their stretch against Eastern Conference playoff teams tonight when the 76ers come to town.

Houston is currently in a three-way tie for third place in the Western Conference after a 107-95 victory over Toronto on Tuesday, and the Rockets had an 11-point win in Boston on Sunday.

The Raptors and Celtics, along with the Milwaukee Bucks and 76ers, rank as the top four favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference when June rolls around.

Houston doesn't have all of its players back yet, but when forward Kenneth Faried (left hip flexor) and guard Iman Shumpert (right calf) return from their injuries, the Rockets will have a rotation that is 10 deep and versatile enough to match up with any team in the NBA.

With only 18 games left in their season, the Rockets' goal is to stay healthy.

The 76ers are once again coming off a loss and another game without All-Star center Joel Embiid.

The game against the Bulls was the seventh straight without Embiid. The Sixers have a 4-3 record in that stretch without him and he is unlikely to play against the Rockets too.

The Sixers gave up a double-digit lead in a loss to the Warriors last Saturday and they have double-digit losses to Portland (twice), Toronto, Denver and Washington since the end of December.

The Sixers will try to find consistency as the season winds down, but I don't see it happening in Houston tonight.

Daniel Canova
@DanCanova in NBA