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Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 4/20/14 Game One

Portland Trail Blazers (54-28) at Houston Rockets (54-28)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -5.5 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets will meet Sunday night in game one of the NBA playoffs. The Rockets won the season series 3-1.

The Trail Blazers enter the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, winning nine of their last 10 games. On the season, the Trail Blazers average 106.7 points on 45 percent shooting and allow 102.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting. The Trail Blazers have begun this winning stretch since LaMarcus Aldridge returned from injury, and the star power forward is shooting 47.2 percent from the field in the month of April. The Trail Blazers have won 12 of their last 14 games when scoring more than 100 points. The Portland Trail Blazers are 44-38 ATS overall and 25-16 ATS on the road.

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 4/20/14 Game One

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The Rockets ended their season winning five of their last eight games, but were more focused on getting healthy. James Harden suffered an ankle injury last week, but is expected to play in game one. On the season, the Rockets average 107.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allow 103.1 points on 44.3 percent shooting. The Rockets are a scoring machine, scoring 100-plus points in 16 of their last 17 games, while Chandler Parsons is shooting 42.1 percent from downtown in his last four games. The Houston Rockets are 40-40-2 ATS overall and 22-17-2 ATS at home. 

The Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Trail Blazers are 3-8-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings, while the underdog is 11-5-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings.

I like the Trail Blazers in this matchup. Portland has the size and the scoring to keep up with the Rockets, and possibly even win this game SU. Take the Trail Blazers and all of the points you can get. 

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Portland Trail Blazers +5.5

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