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Trail Blazers vs. Rockets - 2/25/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets (28-28) at Portland Trail Blazers (29-27)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 223 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT, CSNN

The Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers meet Thursday night at the Moda Center.

The Houston Rockets could use a win after losing 10 of their last 17 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 105.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.3 points and seven assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 14.5 points and 12 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 4.6 rebounds and Patrick Beverley is dishing 2.8 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 70.3 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost five of their last seven road games.

Trail Blazers vs. Rockets - 2/25/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland Trail Blazers look to stay red hot after winning 12 of their last 14 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 103.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.1 points and 7.2 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 21.1 points and 3.6 rebounds.  Allen Crabbe is dishing 1.2 assists and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won nine of their last 10 home games.

The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest. The Trail Blazers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Portland and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

The Rockets continue to find creative ways to lose and are as up and down of a team as I can remember. Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers are one the hottest teams in the league and are quickly moving up the playoff standings in the West. I tried to warn you about this team. Keep backing the Portland Trail Blazers. 

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Portland Trail Blazers -4.5

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