Rockets vs. Raptors - 2/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (37-17) at Houston Rockets (36-18)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -4 -- Over/Under: 211.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets square off Saturday night at the Toyota Center.
The Toronto Raptors look to build on their four-game winning streak. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 105.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 100.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.6 points and 7.2 assists while DeMar DeRozan is averaging 18.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Louis Williams is shooting 39.6 percent from the field and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are coming off an impressive Friday 25-point over the Atlanta Hawks, a game in which they allowed just 33 percent shooting from the field. The Raptors are allowing just 43.4 percent shooting in their last five games and have won six of their last eight games when allowing less than 100 points.
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The Houston Rockets look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 103.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting and are allowing 99.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.4 points and 6.8 assists while Trevor Ariza is averaging 12.6 points and 5.4 rebounds. Josh Smith is shooting 44.4 percent from the field and Patrick Beverley is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets will play their first home game in nearly three weeks and are just trying to tread water until Dwight Howard gets back on the court. The Rockets have allowed 100-plus points in five straight games and 43.4 percent shooting during that stretch. Pablo Prigioni and K.J. McDaniels are questionable to make their Houston debut.
The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest. The Rockets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Raptors are 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 11-2-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
The Raptors are in a bit of a letdown spot after flat out crushing the Atlanta Hawks yesterday. Also, the Rockets have to be thrilled to finally be back home and should look to get a bounce back win after back-to-back losses. Take the Rockets and the small chalk.