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Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets Prediction

Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets Prediction

Washington Wizards

February 16

00:00

131 : 119

Houston Rockets

Washington Wizards

Houston Rockets

Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets Prediction

In the second of their back-to-back slate, the Wizards (7-17) welcome franchise guard John Wall home for the first time since his trade to Houston (11-15) was completed, three weeks before this regular season began.

Wall recently told reporters he felt deserving of more honesty and respect from the team who drafted him eleven years ago, as speculation was rife about his future with the franchise. How will the five-time All-Star fare on this occasion, leading an understaffed Rockets team here overnight? 

Read my basketball preview, for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets Preview

Despite the homecoming storyline that will warrant column inches and attract media attention aplenty, Houston is focused on snapping a five-game losing streak - their longest of the campaign to date.

After winning six in a row through to Feb. 2, their 115-103 victory away in Memphis has been a rare source of respite for Stephen Silas' men, hamstrung by persistent injuries to key players.

Offseason acquisition Christian Wood, who is gaining traction ahead of a potential first All-Star berth next month, remains sidelined with an ankle sprain. Despite encouraging early flashes, Victor Oladipo (foot strain) hasn't established the right rhythm since joining as part of the four-team James Harden trade deal last month.

Washington holds the NBA's third-worst record, only Minnesota Timberwolves (7-20) and Detroit Pistons (8-19) have started the season in worse shape. However, they've been hurt by COVID-19 postponing multiple games, injuries to starting centre Thomas Bryant (ACL tear) and Russell Westbrook (quadriceps) among other issues.

Westbrook played 29 minutes in the Wizards' 104-91 win against Boston on Sunday evening but as a result of rest and recovery precautions, is yet to play the second of a back-to-back this term.

He was one rebound shy of recording another triple-double (13 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds) and it'll be interesting to see how the likes of Raul Neto and Garrison Matthews fare with increased responsibility on their shoulders alongside NBA's scoring leader Bradley Beal here.

Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets Betting Tips

ESPN's BPI is narrowly favouring Washington in this matchup, even with the knowledge they'll be without Westbrook (rest) and invaluable veteran G Ish Smith (quad). Both have injury problems, but it's hard to argue picking them, as you'd expect Beal to take over and carry them.

However, Wall will be motivated to win his first game back among familiar surroundings after their acrimonious departure last year. They were 107-88 winners in the reverse fixture on January 27, though Washington shot 5-of-26 from deep (19.2%) and had 20 turnovers that night.

I think it'll be closely contested down the stretch, but Washington should do enough to prevail eventually - so long as they don't struggle with their three-point shooting, so no pressure Davis Bertans!

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Match prediction: Washington Wizards to win

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Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets odds

Washington Wizards

1.68 1.76 2.06

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2.15 2.10 1.80
Last matches

Washington Wizards

01-03-2021

111 - 110 Boston Celtics

L
28-02-2021

128 - 112 Minnesota Timberwolves

L
26-02-2021

110 - 112 Denver Nuggets

W
24-02-2021

135 - 116 LA Clippers

L
23-02-2021

124 - 127 LA Lakers

W
21-02-2021

111 - 118 Portland Trail Blazers

W
18-02-2021

130 - 128 Denver Nuggets

L
16-02-2021

131 - 119 Houston Rockets

L
14-02-2021

104 - 91 Boston Celtics

L
13-02-2021

91 - 109 New York Knicks

W

Houston Rockets

W

90 - 101 Cleveland Cavaliers

02-03-2021
W

84 - 133 Memphis Grizzlies

01-03-2021
L

122 - 111 Toronto Raptors

27-02-2021
L

112 - 96 Cleveland Cavaliers

25-02-2021
W

100 - 120 Chicago Bulls

23-02-2021
L

118 - 113 Philadelphia 76ers

18-02-2021
L

131 - 119 Washington Wizards

16-02-2021
L

121 - 99 New York Knicks

14-02-2021
W

94 - 101 Miami Heat

12-02-2021
L

130 - 101 New Orleans Pelicans

10-02-2021
Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets Head to Head (H2H)
16-02-2021

Washington Wizards

131
119

Houston Rockets

27-01-2021

Houston Rockets

107
88

Washington Wizards

Washington Wizards
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Houston Rockets
Predicted Lineup

Bradley Beal

Rui Hachimura

Raul Neto

Moritz Wagner

Garrison Mathews

Eric Gordon

PJ Tucker

John Wall

DeMarcus Cousins

Jae'Sean Tate

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110-111 vs Boston Celtics (A)

L

128-112 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W

112-110 vs Denver Nuggets (A)

W

116-135 vs LA Clippers (A)

L

127-124 vs LA Lakers (A)

W

118-111 vs Portland Trail Blazers (A)

W

130-128 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

W

131-119 vs Houston Rockets (H)

W

104-91 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W

91-109 vs New York Knicks (H)

L
L

90-101 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (H)

L

84-133 vs Memphis Grizzlies (H)

L

111-122 vs Toronto Raptors (A)

L

96-112 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

L

100-120 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L

113-118 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

L

119-131 vs Washington Wizards (A)

L

99-121 vs New York Knicks (A)

L

94-101 vs Miami Heat (H)

L

101-130 vs New Orleans Pelicans (A)

128-112 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W

130-128 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

W

131-119 vs Houston Rockets (H)

W

104-91 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W

91-109 vs New York Knicks (H)

L
L

90-101 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (H)

L

84-133 vs Memphis Grizzlies (H)

L

100-120 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L

94-101 vs Miami Heat (H)

110-111 vs Boston Celtics (A)

L

112-110 vs Denver Nuggets (A)

W

116-135 vs LA Clippers (A)

L

127-124 vs LA Lakers (A)

W

118-111 vs Portland Trail Blazers (A)

W
L

111-122 vs Toronto Raptors (A)

L

96-112 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

L

113-118 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

L

119-131 vs Washington Wizards (A)

L

99-121 vs New York Knicks (A)

L

101-130 vs New Orleans Pelicans (A)

Mosope Ominiyi
15.02.2021

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