Houston Rockets Betting and Team Guide
There are loads of Houston Rockets betting odds for every single game of the franchise in the NBA, including plenty of futures markets. If you’re willing to give them a try, we recommend you check out this team guide first. It combines key stats from the history of the franchise with the latest news and updates from a betting perspective.
Houston Rockets Betting in 2019-20
We’ll start off the guide with updates for the 2019-20 NBA season and some betting opportunities at your disposal.
Latest Houston Rockets Odds for 2019-20
Houston Rockets to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+1200
Houston Rockets to Win the 2020 NBA Western Conference+700
Houston Rockets to Win the 2020 NBA Southwest Division-170
Houston Rockets Predictions for 2019-20
- Current Prediction: 48-53 wins
- Current Pick: No recommended bet
- Last Updated: January 31st
Losers of 7 of their last 11 games, Houston’s downward spiral could continue even longer. James Harden keeps jacking up three-pointers at a really high rate despite knocking down just 25.2% of them during the month of January.
Not only do I think the Mavericks are going to win the Southwest Division, but I think Houston could be a “one-and-done” team once we get to the playoffs.
- Previous Houston Rockets Predictions
- Prediction: 56-59 wins
- Pick: No recommended bet
By not recommending a bet on the Rockets I’m not exactly stating that I think Dallas is going to win the Southwest Division. I’m saying that I don’t see any value attached to laying -240 just to find out if Houston can hold the Mavericks off.
James Harden is playing even better than he did a season ago and would normally be in the running to win the NBA MVP award. The problem is guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic have been even more spectacular.
- Prediction: 50-55 wins and troubles in the playoffs.
- Pick: No recommended bet
With two former MVPs that are extremely dominant in the regular season, the Houston Rockets should comfortably qualify for the playoffs. In fact, they could very well earn one of the higher seeds in the stacked Western Conference, thanks to Harden and Westbrook alone.
The big question here is what happens next. Both players are not exactly on fire during the playoffs and this could be an issue against a number of teams in the West. The two franchise from LA, the Nuggets, and the Jazz might be better when it matters the most.
I believe that a Conference Final is the ceiling for the Rockets in the 2019-20 NBA season.
After failing to beat the Warriors once again last season, it seems like the CP3 and Harden combo simply is not strong enough to win an NBA Championship. And we don’t think this will change in 2019-2020.
The Warriors won’t be the same, but there are a bunch of teams that should be better than the Rockets and most of them are in the West.
It seems the Rockets’ front office agrees with our assessment which is why Chris Paul was traded for Russell Westbrook. The former OKC franchise name is an old buddy of Harden and both claim they will relish the opportunity to play together.
The big question is if these ball-dominant players will find a way to cooperate on the court. We don’t have an answer yet, as the Rockets are probably the most unpredictable team in the West in the upcoming 2019-20 season.
Still, Harden was able to get them a playoff spot almost alone last year, so the Rockets should compete in the postseason once again. If they find a way to extract the best out of Harden and Russ, they’ll be a formidable foe in the spring.
Houston Rockets News and Updates
January 31st, by Michael Wynn
James Harden has returned after missing a couple of games with a bruised left thigh, but it doesn’t look like he’s figured out his shooting woes. “The Beard” is 8 for his last 52 from beyond the arc (15.4%) and continues to turn the ball over more than any other player in the Western Conference.
To make matters worse for Mike D’Antoni, Clint Capela appears to be on some sort of minutes restriction moving forward due to a bruised right heel that’s been an issue for over a month.
- Previous News and Updates
January 2nd, by Michael Wynn
Eric Gordon has returned after missing 23 games with a knee injury, which gives Mike D’Antoni’s second unit a massive boost. However, until James Harden and Russell Westbrook start gelling better, I’m afraid that winning a single playoff series could be Houston’s ceiling.
If I could send a message to GM Daryl Morey, it would be to monitor Clint Capela’s minutes a little more closely. Capela averaged more than 35 minutes in December and played 35 or more minutes five games in a row before Christmas. It’s no wonder the Houston big man was forced to miss back-to-back contests during the final week of the year.
October 16th, by Jerry Summer
After three preseason games, it seems like the Houston Rocket will once again have an extremely potent offense. James Harden is averaging about 30 points per game on less than 30 minutes, while Westbrook is finding his rhythm again.
Mike D’Antoni will likely find a way to combine those two and use the rest of the roster efficiently in the regular season. And yet, I don’t the system will work well in the tough playoff games in the West.
July 15th, by Jerry Summer
Time to scratch our last update, because Russell Westbrook is now part of the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and some draft picks! It seems that the rumors about a rift between CP3 and Harden were true, so the franchise decided to bet on the younger player.
That makes sense, especially since Harden and Russ were friends from the time they played for the Thunder together.
July 10th, by Jerry Summer
Since the start of the summer, it looked like the Houston Rockets would be a completely different franchise in 2019-2020. This is mostly because of the reported tensions between Chris Paul and James Harden.
Many expected a lot of trades in both directions, but right now, the Rockets are pretty much the same team as last year.
There are some rumors that the team is interested in signing Russell Westbrook, but that doesn’t seem realistic right now.
More Houston Rockets and NBA Betting for 2019-20
To learn more about other NBA teams and betting opportunities, you can check the following pages from our Betting HQ.
Another place you should probably bookmark is our blog. We share a bunch of posts related to the NBA and the Rockets there. They include betting odds and predictions, updates, analysis, and so much more. Here are a couple of examples.
The Houston Rockets in 2019-29
Houston Rockets Roster in 2019-20
If you’re truly interested in betting on the Houston Rockets, you should most certainly explore the roster first. Here is a full list of the players that will be part of the organization in the 2019-20 season.
- James Harden – Guard
- Russell Westbrook – Guard
- Austin Rivers – Guard
- Chris Chiozza – Guard
- Alessandro Gentile – Guard
- Eric Gordon – Guard
- Gerald Green – Guard
- Iman Shumpert – Guard
- Michael Frazier II – Guard
- P.J. Tucker – Forward
- Vincent Edwards – Forward
- Kenneth Faried – Forward
- Gary Clark – Forward
- Isaiah Hartenstein – Forward
- Maarty Leunen – Forward
- Clint Capela – Center
- Tyson Chandler – Center
- Nene Hilario – Center
- Deyonta Davis – Center
Projected Starting Lineup
We believe that this will most likely be the starting lineup for the Houston Rockets’ 2019-20 season.
- Russell Westbrook Point Guard
- James Harden Shooting Guard
- Eric Gordon Small Forward
- J. Tucker Power Forward
- Clint Capela Center
Russell Westbrook will take the place of Chris Paul in the starting lineup and form one of the most feared NBA backcourts with James Harden, at least on paper. The big question is whether those two can work together.
On paper, both need a lot of the ball. And Russ is not exactly the type of player that fits into the Houston Rockets system. On the other hand, he is exceptional when it comes to driving to the rim. Adding such a threat to the arsenal of the Rockets might help Harden, Gordon, and Tucker get more open looks, and we know they can take advantage.
In a way, Westbrook might actually bring more balance to an offense that is already one of the best in the NBA.
The big question marks should be on the other end of the floor. Westbrook has recently declined in his defensive duties, but part of the reason is that he was spending too much energy on the offense. If he can use the ball less and play harder on the other end, that could be enough to cover Harden.
The other guys on the team are all above average in this aspect, so the Rockets’ starting lineup could be one of the strongest in the league. Of course, that would be only true if Westbrook and Harden find a way to play together efficiently.
Depth and Bench
The Rockets have a couple of guys on the bench that should be able to contribute when called upon. For starters, Austin Rivers can score, defend, and help with the playmaking for the second unit. Tyson Chandler is a solid backup big man, while Gerald Green is an excellent shooter.
The problem is that the Rockets don’t have enough and will rely on a group of fewer than 10 players. If all of them are healthy, then this could work. But I feel the team will accumulate too much fatigue before the playoffs.
Houston Rockets Staff in 2019-20
We’ve already explored the players that will be on the court, so it’s time to take a look at the Houston Rockets staff in other areas.
- Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni
- Coaching Staff: Brett Gunning (Asst. Coach), T.R. Dunn (Asst. Coach), Jesse Mermuys (Director of Player Development), Josh Powell (Player Development Coach),
- Ownership: Tilman Fertitta
- General Manager: Daryl Morey
The Rockets’ current coach Mike D’Antoni is known for his love of stats and strong offensive displays. However, the success of this team will depend on defense and getting decent efficiency from Russell Westbrook.
If D’Antoni successfully combines the Rockets’ strengths from the previous seasons with an improved defense and more variety on the other end, this team will be a championship contender.
Houston Rockets Schedule in 2019-20
The schedule for each team during the NBA regular season is important, as there are some moments that will be tougher than others. We don’t know what to expect for the Rockets yet, but once the dates are out, we’ll add them and try to share our thoughts from a betting perspective.
Sharjah Ruler arrives in Poland on official visit
More NBA Team Guides
Other Teams from the Southwest Division
Other Teams from the Western Conference
All Eastern Conference Teams
Houston Rockets Overview and Key Info
The Houston Rockets may have started as the San Diego Rockets in California in 1967, but they became Texas’ first NBA team when they relocated to the Lone Star State in 1971.
Over the team’s 50-year history, the Rockets have won seven divisional titles, four conference titles and trips to the NBA Finals, and two back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995.
Current head coach Mike D’Antoni signed on as the 14th in franchise history in 2016. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year during his first season in 2016-17.
Houston Rockets – Key Info
- Current Team Location
- In Houston, Texas, since 1971
- Western Conference – Southwest
- Toyota Center
- G League Team
- Rio Grande Valley Vipers
- Team Value (Forbes 2018)
- $3.1 billion
Houston Rockets History
The story of the Houston Rockets starts in 1967 in San Diego, California. The NBA was looking to expand in the west coast region and added both the San Diego Rockets and Seattle SuperSonics as the two new expansion teams.
San Diego Rockets
For four seasons, the San Diego Rockets played four seasons in the San Diego Sports Arena. The first head coach was Jack McMahon, and in the team’s first season, they only won 15 games. While the next three years were slightly better, the San Diego Rockets didn’t have a winning record and just earned one playoff appearance in 1969.
In 1971, the Rockets were sold and moved to Houston, Texas, to become the first NBA team in the state. They played at various venues in the area until moving into The Summit in 1975.
After three seasons in Houston, the Rockets advanced to the conference semifinals in 1975, and then they earned their first division title in 1977 led by center Moses Malone who was the NBA’s MVP in 1979 and 1982.
In ’81, the Rockets were conference champions and secured their first trip to the NBA Finals to face the Celtics. They were ultimately defeated in a 4-2 series. But five seasons later, they had another division title and a second shot at the championship. The Rockets, once again, were defeated by the Celtics in a 4-2 series.
The ‘90s would prove to be more successful for the Rockets. In 1992, coach Rudy Tomjanovich was hired as the ninth coach for the franchise. Center Hakeem Olajuwon had signed on in the ‘80s but spent 17 years with the team and proved to be instrumental to the Rockets in their back-to-back championships.
The first NBA title came in 1994 with a 4-3 series win against the Knicks. The second was in ’95 in a clean sweep of the Orlando Magic. Olajuwon was named the finals MVP for both of the Rockets’ championship seasons.
While Houston has yet to make another finals appearance since their win in 1995, they did end up with the fourth-longest winning streak in NBA history. In 2007-08, the team won 22 games in a row, and that number still stands through the 2017-18 season.
Honoring the Players
The Rockets organization has retired six player numbers starting with Rudy Tomjanovich. Not only was Tomjanovich behind both NBA championships, but he played for the team from 1970-1981 and was a five-time NBA All-Star.
Other players honored by having their numbers retired by the team are Hakeem Olajuwon, Moses Malone, Calvin Murphy, Clyde Drexler, and Yao Ming.
The Rockets have had two Hall of Fame-inducted coaches with Alex Hannum and Tex Winter, but a dozen Rockets players have been honored through membership in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The first inductee was Rick Barry, who played from 1978-80 and became a Hall of Famer in 1987. Elvin Hayes spent two stints with the Rockets in 1968-72 in San Diego and 1981-84 in Houston. He received membership in 1990.
The other players who are now Hall of Fame members are Calvin Murphy (1970-83), Moses Malone (1976-82), Clyde Drexler (1995-98), Charles Barkley (1996-2000), Hakeem Olajuwon (1984-2001), Scottie Pippen (1998-99), Ralph Sampson (1983-87), Dikembe Mutombo (2004-09), Yao Ming (2002-11), and Tracy McGrady (2004-10).
Houston Rockets Championships and Playoffs
- 2 NBA Championships: 1995, 1994
- 4 Westt Conference Titles: 1995, 1994, 1986, 1981
- 6 Division Titles: 2019, 2018, 2015, 1994, 1993, 1986, 1977
Home Court – Toyota Center
- Inaugurated: 2003
- Renovated: n/a
- Capacity: 18,500
- Former Names: n/a
Before the Rockets moved into the Toyota Center in 2003, they played at The Summit, also known as Compaq Center. Unlike many facilities that are demolished when their replacement is built, The Summit has been converted to the Lakewood Church Central Campus.
The Rockets have been a tenant at the arena since 2003 but previously shared it with the AHL’s Houston Aeros until 2013 and the WNBA team the Houston Comets from 2004-07.
Toyota Center is located in downtown Houston and features 2,900 club seats and 103 luxury suites. In 2012, the venue upgraded their scoreboard to four-panels, two 58’ x 25’ and two 25’ x 25’. It’s the largest of comparable-type video boards in the NBA.
In addition to sports, the Toyota Center has hosted a long list of concerts and other special events.
- Venue Address: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk Street, Houston, TX 77002
- Mailing Address: Houston Rockets, c/o Toyota Center, 1510 Polk Street, Houston, TX 77002
- Phone: 713-627-DUNK
Houston Rockets Head Coaches
There were two head coaches with the San Diego-based Rockets. The inaugural head coach was Jack McMahon who held the position for two seasons and then Alex Hannum who coached for the next two.
San Diego Coaching
Under McMahon, the inaugural San Diego Rockets team went 15-67 in 1967-68. The following season, they fared better with a 37-45 record and an eventual loss to the Hawks in the division semifinals.
Hannum and Tex Winter, the third coach for the Rockets, are the two Hall of Famers on the list of 14.
Tom Nissalke (1976-79), Don Chaney (1988-92), and current head coach Mike D’Antoni were all named NBA Coaches of the Year with the Rockets. Bill Fitch, the seventh on the list, coached from 1983-88 and is on the list of the top 10 coaches in NBA history.
Rick Adelman, who held the spot from 2007-11, not only recorded winning stats of 193-135 for a .588 winning percentage but is behind the 2007-08 winning streak for Houston. The Rockets claimed the fourth position on the list of all-time NBA winning streaks when they won 22 consecutive games that season.
There’s only one coach that can claim a Rockets NBA championship, though, and Rudy Tomjanovich has two to his credit. Tomjanovich was hired in 1992 and led the team to back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995. Rudy was with the Rockets for 11 years and coached 900 regular-season games to a 503-397 (.559) record and 90 playoff games to 51-39 (.567).
|Last 10 Houston Rockets Head Coaches|
|14|| 2016 –||Mike D’Antoni ||173-73|| .703||23-16||.590||–|
|10||2003-07||Jeff Van Gundy||182-146||.555||7-12||.368||–|
|9||1992-03||Rudy Tomjanovich||503-397||.559||51-39||.567||1995, 1994|
Mike D’Antoni, the 14th coach for the Rockets franchise, was hired in 2016. He had already been named 2005’s NBA Coach of the Year with the Phoenix Suns but followed it up with a second award in 2017 with the Rockets.
D’Antoni has dual American-Italian citizenship and has been coaching in both countries since 1990. He’s a veteran head coach with stints with the Nuggets, Suns, Knicks, Lakers, and 76ers. Including his three seasons in Houston, Mike has compiled a career NBA 628-499 (.557) regular-season record.
Houston Rockets Last Five Seasons
|Season||Coach||Finish||W-L||%||Playoffs||Points Leader (avg/game)|
|2018-19 ||Mike D’Antoni||1st||53-29||.646||Lost Conf. Semifinals||James Harden (36.1)|
|2017-18||Mike D’Antoni||1st||65-17||.793||Lost Conf. Finals||James Harden (30.4)|
|2016-17||Mike D’Antoni||2nd||55-27||.671||Lost Conf. Semifinals||James Harden (29.1)|
|2015-16||J.B. Bickerstaff||4th||41-41||.500||Lost First Round||James Harden (29.0)|
|2014-15||Kevin McHale||1st||56-26||.683||Lost Conf. Semifinals||James Harden (27.4)|
Houston Rockets All-Time Career Leaders
|Average Pts/Game ||James Harden|| 29.00|| 2012-2019|
Hakeem Olajuwon was a driving force in the Rockets’ back-to-back championship seasons in 1994 and 1995. He was named the finals MVP for both years. Olajuwon was the first overall selection in the 1984 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. While he was born in Nigeria, he attended the University of Houston and was Consensus First-Team All-American and the SWC Player of the Year in 1984.
Hakeem spent 17 seasons with the Rockets from 1984-2001. In ’85, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team as well as his first of 12 All-Star Games. The center is a two-time rebounding leader and three-time blocks leader for the NBA. He was twice named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and 1994. In ’94, he was also the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.
Hakeem is the Rockets’ all-time top scorer with 26,511 and is number one for rebounds as well with 13,382. He retired after a season with the Toronto Raptors. Hakeem was honored by the Houston Rockets who retired his number 34 as well as the Basketball Hall of Fame who added him to their impressive roster in 2008.
While James Harden didn’t start his NBA career with the Rockets, the bulk of his awards and achievements were earned during his time in Houston. Harden was the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round (third overall) pick in 2009. The shooting guard/point guard was previously Consensus First-Team All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year at Arizona State.
After three seasons with the Thunder, he was traded to Houston and is still on the Rockets’ active roster. Since 2012, Harden has consistently been the team’s leader in points per game with an overall average of 29.00 after the 2018-19 season. He’s also second to Calvin Murphy in assists with 3,615. James is a seven-time All-Star from 2013-19 and five-time All-NBA First Team. In 2018, he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player as well as NBA scoring champion.
Calvin Murphy was on the San Diego Rockets team and remained on the roster through the move to Houston (1970-1983). Murphy was the Rockets’ second-round selection in the 1970 NBA draft. Previously, he played for Niagara University as a two-time Consensus First-Team All-American in 1969 and 1970.
Not only is Calvin the franchise leader for having 4,402 assists, but he’s second to Hakeem Olajuwon for top scorer with 17,949 points. Murphy was named NBA All-Rookie First Team in ’71. In 1979, he was selected as an NBA All-Star, and he also was honored with the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for “outstanding service and dedication to the community.”
Murphy ended his playing career after the 1983 season in Houston. He’s both a College and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer. Calvin still retains his NBA record for second-highest free throw percentage in a season with 206 of 2015 for 95.8% in the 1980-81 season. The Rockets retired his #23 jersey.
Houston Rockets Trivia
The Rockets franchise’s first pick in the 1967 NBA draft was none other than Pat Riley, the well-known former coach of the New York Knicks.
Yao Ming was the first Chinese NBA player to be honored by having his jersey retired when the Rockets retired his #11.
The Rockets love their mascots and have had a few over the years. The first was Booster, who was introduced in the 1980s. In the ‘90s, it was Turbo. But in 1995, a second one, Clutch the Bear, appeared and is now the only mascot left standing.
In the 2007-08 season, the Rockets were added to the NBA record book for having the fourth-longest winning streak in the league when they won 22 in a row.
Kevin McHale earned notoriety as a Boston Celtic player. But as a Houston Rockets coach, he recorded the highest winning percentage of his Rockets counterparts with a .598 after four seasons from 2011-2015.