Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 4/27/14
Houston Rockets (54-28) at Portland Trail Blazers (54-28)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -2 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers and the Houston Rockets duke it out in Game 4 tonight.
Game 3 served up the second overtime game in this series and this time it was the Rockets who came out on top thanks to clutch plays from several plays. First of all, Dwight Howard got it going early and had himself 24 points and 14 rebounds while James Harden had 37 points on 13 of 35 shooting, but the biggest play of the night has to go to Troy Daniels who made a name for himself by knocking down the biggest three in overtime to give the Rockets the 121-116 win. Houston will be pumped that they were able to finally get a foothold in the series, but there was definitely an element of luck in their win so I'm far from convinced that they've turned the corner.
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As for the Trailblazers, Damian Lillard led the way with 30 points while Nicolas Batum added 26 points of his own, but for the first time this series, Aldridge was held to below 43 points as he scored just 23 points on eight of 22 shooting. After falling behind by double digits early in the game, the Blazers did a great job of coming back and pushing the Rockets to overtime, but unfortunately they let the game slip when failed to secure a loose ball which led to a clutch three from the Rockets' rookie. At the end of the day, the Blazers will still be feeling confident about their position in the series despite the loss, so I actually think they'll bounce back with a win tonight.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games, while the Blazers are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.
Head to head, the Rockets are a healthy 6-1-1 ATS in the last eight meetings in Portland and the Over is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings overall.
The Rockets won a game they absolutely needed to win but I think the Blazers are still the better team and they'll show that tonight.