Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors - 3/6/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (30-31) at Toronto Raptors (41-19)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -7 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors duke it out tonight at the Air Canada Center.
The Rockets have lost seven of their last 10 games and three of their last four after losing to the Bulls by 108-100 last night. James Harden continued his hot form with a game-high 36 points and eight assists, while Corey Brewer and Trevor Ariza added 12 and 11 points respectively, but the Rockets were always running uphill after falling behind by 55-43 going into the halftime break. As a team, the Rockets shot just 40 percent from the field and they shot themselves in the foot repeatedly with 18 turnovers and you have to point the finger of blame at Harden who tallied a total of nine turnovers. With the loss, Houston falls to 30-32 on the season which puts them in eighth spot in the Western Conference.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors have won six of their last seven games and will be aiming for a third straight win after sneaking past the Trailblazers by 117-115 on Friday. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 38 points (24-25 FT), Kyle Lowry added 28 points while Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors survived a 50-point barrage from the Trailblazers' Damian Lillard. WIth the hard-fought win, Toronto remains in second place with a record of 41-19, leaving them 2.5 games behind Cleveland.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days rest, while the Raptors are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on one days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last six against the NBA Southwest.
Head to head, the Rockets are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 1-11 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Toronto.
The Rockets really need to get moving if they're serious about contending for the championship, but they've been in such poor form that I can't back them against the Raptors who have been on a tear lately, especially at home.