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Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/25/14 Game Three

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

NBA Basketball: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -3 -- Over/Under: 216 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN Houston, KGW, ESPN

The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets tip off game three on Friday night. The Trail Blazers come back home with a 2-0 series lead.

The Rockets are struggling defensively against the Trail Blazers, allowing a combined 234 points in the first two games, and LaMarcus Aldridge to produce back-to-back 40-point games. The Rockets are allowing 108.2 points in their last five games, which is six points more than the league average. The Rockets have also lost five of their last six games when allowing 100 or more points. Offensively, James Harden is shooting 32.9 percent from the field in his last four games, while Dwight Howard has combined for 59 points and 29 rebounds in this series. The Houston Rockets are 40-42-2 ATS overall and 18-23 ATS on the road.

Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/25/14 Game Three

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The Trail Blazers have been nearly unstoppable lately, winning seven straight games dating back to the regular season. In the Trail Blazers last five games, they’re averaging 114.8 points on 39.3 percent shooting from downtown, while Portland’s defense is holding teams to 31.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc during that stretch. Aldridge isn’t the only Trail Blazer torching the Rockets, as point guard Damian Lillard has combined for 49 points and 16 assists in the first two games of this series. The Trail Blazers have now won 12 straight games when scoring 100 or more points. The Portland Trail Blazers are also 46-38 ATS overall and 19-22 ATS at home. 

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The Rockets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Rockets are 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Portland, while the road team is 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings. 

Some may be writing the Rockets off already and for good reason. But if there’s any hope of the Rockets saving their season, it starts with this game. I think Houston throws out all of the stops and finds a way to get it done to somewhat climb back into this series.

Take the Rockets and the points.  

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Houston Rockets +3

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