Rockets vs. Trail Blazers - 2/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (34-17) at Houston Rockets (35-15)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -4 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, ROOT
The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets play Sunday night at the Toyota Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers have lost four of their last six games and end a two-game road trip. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 102.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 97.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.7 points and 10.3 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 21.5 points and 6.3 assists. Wesley Matthews is shooting 45.5 percent from the field and Robin Lopez is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off a tough overtime loss to the Mavericks on Saturday, a game in which they led for much of regulation. The good news is that the Trail Blazers offense has picked up the pace lately, which includes 10 threes and four double-digit scorers in Saturday’s game.
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The Houston Rockets are playing some quality ball with wins in six of their last seven games. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 102.9 points on 44 percent shooting and are allowing 99 points on 44.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.1 points and 6.7 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 16.3 points and 11 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is shooting 37.9 percent from the field and Patrick Beverley is dishing 3.3 assists. The Houston Rockets are allowing just 42.7 percent shooting in their last five games and have won 12 straight games when allowing less than 100 points. We know the Rockets can score, but it’s their defense that will determine just how legit this team can be come playoff time.
The Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I'm not sure how the Trail Blazers are going to bounce back from a tough and long loss to the Mavs on Saturday. I like a rested Rockets team at home for the cheap price.