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Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/22/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers (22-6) at Houston Rockets (19-7)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -3.5 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds


The red-hot Portland Trailblazers travel to the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets tonight.

The Portland Trailblazers have just been piling up the W's all season, winning their last five straight to improve to 22-6 on the season. After taking down the Spurs on Friday in a triple overtime thriller, fatigue was supposed to set into the Blazers but they just hit the ground running again on Saturday and blew away the Pelicans by 114-88. LaMarcus Aldridge had another monster line of 27 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks while Damian Lillard had 17 points and seven assists as the Blazers jumped out to an early 32-17 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. In fact, the Blazers were up by 32 points heading into the fourth quarter before they took their foot off the gas and showed a little mercy. Portland has now won 10 of their last 12 games, but only three of those wins came against teams with winning records.

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/22/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets were on a hot streak of their own but are suddenly looking to avoid a third straight loss after losing to the Hawks by 104-97 on Saturday. James Harden did a great job of sharing the ball to finish with 18 points and 14 assists while Dwight Howard had 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, but the Rockets shot just 39.5 percent from the field compared to the Hawks' 51.4 percent. The Rockets did a great job of coming back from 16 points to tie it entering the fourth but they just couldn't stop the Hawks late, particularly Kyle Korver who had 22 points with four three pointers. With the loss, Houston drops to 19-7 overall and 9-5 at home.

In ATS trends, the Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record, while the Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a loss and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a winning record.

Head to head, the Blazers are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall but the Underdog is a dominant 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings.

I said it before and I'll say it again. It's no surprise that the Blazers are slight underdogs on the road against a good team, but there's no way I'm betting against them in the ridiculous form that they've been in lately. I think Aldridge and Lillard find a way to pull away late in a nail-biter.

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