Just one game this week, and it isn’t even until Wednesday when Houston hosts the Miami Heat at Toyota Center. After the emotional rollercoaster of having their 13-game winning streak snapped the other night, I think the Heat come out flat and play true to their 24-31 record. Prediction: Rockets by 70.
After a perfect week, Houston has widened its lead over the 4-seed Jazz, now comfortably entrenched in third. The Rockets are now back on pace to win 58 games. Unless Kawhi Leonard goes down for any extended period of time, I don’t see Houston passing San Antonio. And I don’t even know what to make of the Jazz, Clippers, and Grizzlies. With as poorly as Houston was playing before this week, I would’ve thought one of those teams would have made up ground. But the Rockets now seem to be getting back to their early-season selves, and this extended break will only help.
And consider this: sitting at 40-17, Houston will have a chance on Wednesday to match Vegas’ 41 win odds, just before heading into the break. Alright then.