Sunday, October 2 2022

Through 3 Quarters

Only one more quarter stands between the Phoenix Suns and the win they were favored to collect going into this night. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the Houston Rockets 97-84.

Small forward Torrey Craig has led the way so far for Phoenix, as he has posted a double-double on 18 points and 11 rebounds in addition to two blocks. Houston has been led by point guard Kevin Porter, who so far has shot 5-for-9 from downtown and has recorded 19 points and seven dimes.

the Rockets have lost 92% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this season, so this one seems just about wrapped up

Who’s Playing

Phoenix @ Houston

Current Records: Phoenix 55-14; Houston 17-51

What to Know

The Houston Rockets haven’t won a game against the Phoenix Suns since Dec. 21 of 2019, but they’ll be looking to end the drought Wednesday. Houston will take on Phoenix at 8 p.m. ET at Toyota Center after having had a few days off. The Rockets need to shore up a defense that is allowing 118.22 points per matchup.

Houston has to be aching after a bruising 130-105 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Houston was down 98-72 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. The top scorers for Houston were shooting guard Jalen Green (17 points) and small forward David Nwaba (15 points).

Meanwhile, you can’t lose the contest if you win every quarter, and that was precisely the Suns’ strategy against New Orleans on Tuesday. Phoenix took down New Orleans 131-115. It was another big night for Phoenix’s shooting guard Devin Booker, who had 27 points and eight assists in addition to five boards.

Houston have to know they’ll be fighting an uphill battle given the 10.50 point spread they are up against. Now might not be the best time to take the Rockets against the spread since they’ve let down bettors for the past two consecutive games.

Houston was close but no cigar in the teams’ previous meeting in February as they fell 124-121 to Phoenix. Maybe Houston will have more luck at home instead of on the road? Watch the game and check back on CBS Sports for all the details.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Toyota Center — Houston, Texas
  • TV: ATTSN Southwest
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $29.00


The Suns are a big 10.5-point favorite against the Rockets, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 10.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Houston have won 15 out of their last 23 games against Phoenix.

  • Feb 16, 2022 – Phoenix 124 vs. Houston 121
  • Nov 14, 2021 – Phoenix 115 vs. Houston 89
  • Nov 04, 2021 – Phoenix 123 vs. Houston 111
  • Apr 12, 2021 – Phoenix 126 vs. Houston 120
  • Apr 05, 2021 – Phoenix 133 vs. Houston 130
  • Jan 20, 2021 – Phoenix 109 vs. Houston 103
  • Feb 07, 2020 – Phoenix 127 vs. Houston 91
  • Dec 21, 2019 – Houston 139 vs. Phoenix 125
  • Dec 07, 2019 – Houston 115 vs. Phoenix 109
  • Apr 07, 2019 – Houston 149 vs. Phoenix 113
  • Mar 15, 2019 – Houston 108 vs. Phoenix 102
  • Feb 04, 2019 – Houston 118 vs. Phoenix 110
  • Mar 30, 2018 – Houston 104 vs. Phoenix 103
  • Jan 28, 2018 – Houston 113 vs. Phoenix 102
  • Jan 12, 2018 – Houston 112 vs. Phoenix 95
  • Nov 16, 2017 – Houston 142 vs. Phoenix 116
  • Apr 02, 2017 – Houston 123 vs. Phoenix 116
  • Feb 11, 2017 – Houston 133 vs. Phoenix 102
  • Dec 26, 2016 – Houston 131 vs. Phoenix 115
  • Dec 21, 2016 – Houston 125 vs. Phoenix 111
  • Apr 07, 2016 – Phoenix 124 vs. Houston 115
  • Feb 19, 2016 – Houston 116 vs. Phoenix 100
  • Feb 04, 2016 – Houston 111 vs. Phoenix 105

Injury Report for Houston

  • Eric Gordon: Out (Illness)
  • John Wall: Out (Not Injury Related)

Injury Report for Phoenix

  • Jae Crowder: Out (Groin)
  • Cameron Johnson: Out (Quadriceps)
  • Chris Paul: Out (Thumb)
  • Dario Saric: Out (Knee)
  • Frank Kaminsky: Out (Knee)



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