Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets - 4/2/14
Houston Rockets (49-23) at Toronto Raptors (42-32)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +1.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets take the trip to the Air Canada Centre tonight to take on the Toronto Raptors.
The Rockets who were riding a five-game win streak have suddenly lost two straight after falling to the Nets by 105-96 last night. James Harden had a big night of 26 points (16-16 FT), while Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons added 16 points each, but the Rockets shot just 38 percent from the field while allowing the Nets to shoot over 53 percent. For about the first three quarters of the game, the Rockets did a great job of knocking down open threes and hanging with the Nets, but the absence of Dwight Howard really showed down the stretch as the Rockets just couldn't match up when they really needed it. Omer Asik had a big night of 12 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, but the team just didn't have anyone to turn to when Asik rested on the bench. In the end, Houston fell to 49-24 on the season and a mediocre 20-16 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors have won four of their last six games but are coming off a 93-83 loss against the Heat on Monday, snapping a three-game win streak. Greivis Vasquez led the team with 17 points off the bench while DeMar DeRozan added 16, but the Raptors suffered a massive blow when Kyle Lowry left the game in the third quarter after clashing knees with LeBron James who burned the Raptors with 32 points for the game. Toronto will be disappointed with the loss, but to be fair, they were playing on the second night of a back to back set and were going against a determined Heat team who had eyes on overtaking the Pacers for the number one seed in the East.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall.
Head to head, the Rockets are 1-5-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 0-6 ATS in the last six meetings in Toronto.
I'm leaning towards the Raptors here and getting points is just a bonus.