Miami Heat at Houston Rockets (+5, 196)
After losing their first two home games, the Houston Rockets attempt to even their record at the Toyota Center on Monday, when they host the reigning champion Miami Heat. Houston dropped home decisions to Portland and Denver before beginning its three-game homestand with a 96-82 triumph over winless Detroit on Saturday. The victory, which halted a three-game overall skid, came under assistant Kelvin Sampson as head coach Kevin McHale took a leave of absence earlier in the day to deal with a family matter.
Miami is hitting the midway point of its six-game road trip. The Heat began the trek Friday with a six-point victory in Atlanta before being trounced in Memphis on Sunday. Chris Bosh scored a team-high 22 points as Miami never led in the contest, and experienced an end to their four-game winning streak.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Sun Sports (Miami), Comcast SportsNet (Houston)
ABOUT THE HEAT (5-2, 4-3 ATS): Miami was blitzed by Memphis from 3-point range as the Grizzlies were 14-of-24 from beyond the arc. Wayne Ellington accounted for half of Memphis' 3-pointers. "They hit a few 3s. Then Wayne got going and hit some back-burning 3s as well," said LeBron James, who scored 20 points on 10-of-19 shooting. "Then they hit a few at the end of the shot clock, too." Dwyane Wade returned from a one-game absence due to an illness and struggled, hitting only 3-of-15 shots.
ABOUT THE ROCKETS (3-3, 3-3 ATS): James Harden scored a team-high 20 points and Marcus Morris was 6-of-7 for 12 points off the bench as Houston cruised to the 14-point victory Saturday. Rookies Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas made their NBA debuts, scoring five and three points, respectively. Forward Chandler Parsons has at least one 3-pointer in every game this season. The Rockets, who have lost five straight meetings with Miami, have won a franchise-record 32 straight games in which they hold their opponent under 90 points.
* Over is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Houston.
* Heat are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.
* Over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
1. The clubs split the first 50 games in the all-time series, with Houston posting a 14-10 record at home.
2. Miami has been held under 95 points twice this season, losing both contests.
3. The Rockets are 3-0 against the Eastern Conference but 0-3 versus the West.