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Handicapper Josh Gayle is back with another NBA bet for Thursday after an insane night on Wedensday. His pick is between the Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers. Come get his Rockets vs. Cavaliers prediction, pick, and odds.

Rockets vs. Cavaliers Prediction, Pick, Odds: Backing Darius Garland, Alperen Sengun

This NBA slate is brutal, so we’re getting weird. Let's get into my pick for tonight.

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Rockets vs. Cavaliers Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: January 26, 2023
  • Start Time: 8:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: NBA League Pass

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Rockets vs. Cavaliers Prediction

1u - Darius Garland o22.5 PTS / Alperen Sengun 1+ 1Q AST (-125) (Bet $125 to collect $225) Get the best odds, available at DraftKings

I really want exposure to Darius Garland today but his prop of 24.5 feels about fair. Given the blowout risk this game provides, I could see him ending with 23-24 through 3Q in a blowout. If it stays close, he could explode. Either way, asking for 23 is a much easier task than 25 and we have a nice juice reducer to pair it with.

Today is Darius Garland’s birthday, which doesn’t hurt, but I love this bet because Donovan Mitchell is sidelined and Houston allows the most points to PGs. Without Mitchell, we see Garland averaging 25.6 points per game over seven games this season and this is the best possible matchup for him.

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Our juice reducer is a sneaky good one that has hit in seven of Senguns' last eight games. With Kevin Porter Jr. sidelined, we have seen Sengun take on more of a playmaking role. Sengun has 16 1Q assists in his last eight games which is an average of exactly two per game. We just need one. Sengun has been scoring nicely but with Allen and Mobley manning the paint, I’m expecting him to dish it out a fair amount. Let's roll!

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Josh has a knack for picking winning bets, and he specializes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. As a lifelong Detroit sports fan, he has plenty of time on his hands during playoff season. You can follow him on Twitter at @ThatGuyBets.


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