Raptors vs. Rockets - 3/30/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (50-23) at Toronto Raptors (43-30)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, TSN2, NBATV
The Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors meet Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Houston Rockets look to build on their four-game winning streak. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 103.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 100.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.2 points and seven assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 16 points and 10.6 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Corey Brewer is shooting 43.4 percent from the field. The Houston Rockets are coming off a Sunday win over the Washington Wizards in which they allowed just 38.7 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers. The Rockets are clearly hitting their stride at the right time and have now won 19 straight games when allowing less than 100 points.
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The Toronto Raptors look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 104.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 101.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 19.1 points and 4.6 rebounds while Louis Williams is averaging 15.1 points and two assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.7 rebounds and Greivis Vasquez is dishing 3.6 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 46.3 percent from the field in their last five games but have lost five of their last nine when topping 100 points. With a couple more wins, the Raptors will clinch home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Kyle Lowry is doubtful with a back injury.
The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raptors are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference. The Rockets are 1-10 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Toronto and 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall.
The Rockets are head and shoulders the better team, and they consistently show up. I'll gladly take Houston and the free bucket, even more with Lowry out.