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Rockets keep topping sky-high NBA totals

The Houston Rockets have one of the most suitable team names in all of sports. Houston, home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, has been launching up shots and shooting for the moon all season.

The Rockets top the league in offensive pace (98.8 possessions per game), rank second in scoring (105.8 ppg), sit eighth in field goal percentage (45.9%) and caught the eye of NBA totals bettors with a record-tying display from beyond the arc this week.

Houston knocked down 23 3-pointers in a win over Golden State (23 of 40) Tuesday, playing over the 217-point number. In fact, the Rockets have topped the total in three of their last four outings and own a 28-23 over/under record heading into Friday’s tilt with Portland.

“Houston’s totals just creep up more than others after initial release on the day,” Aron Black of Bet365.com told Covers. “The inconsistency of their performances have made for good results, given we are normally weighed on the overs for their games.”

The Rockets have watched their game totals rise as the season has progressed. Over the last 10 games, Houston has been matched up against an average total of 208.7 points and hasn’t faced a sub-200 number since Jan. 18 (played over total of 195 at Indiana).

Part of those hefty totals has to do with Houston’s inability to stop foes on defense, giving up an average of 102.9 points a night. They were rolled by Miami Wednesday, losing 114-108 (playing over 206.5) and allowed the Heat to shoot 48.8 percent from the field. The Rockets are 27-24 SU and 27-23-1 ATS on the year.

“Houston will entertain some nights like (Tuesday) night, but so far, that’s about all they do,” says Black.

Oddsmakers opened the total at 211.5 points for Friday’s game versus the Trail Blazers and Houston opened as a 7-point home favorite.

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