Rockets vs. Raptors - 3/25/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (48-22) at Houston Rockets (35-37)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Sportsnet One
The Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets meet early Friday night at the Toyota Center.
The Toronto Raptors look to keep rolling after winning 13 of their last 17 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 102.7 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 12.7 points and nine rebounds. Cory Joseph is dishing 3.1 assists and Terrence Ross is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last 10 road games. Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson are questionable.
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The Houston Rockets could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 105.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.5 points and 7.4 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 14.3 points and 12 rebounds. Michael Beasley is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Trevor Ariza is dishing 2.3 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have split their last 12 home games.
The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southwest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Friday games. The Rockets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Raptors are 2-5-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Houston and 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
You guys know I hate putting trust in the Rockets, but the Raptors are banged up and Houston needs this game more with the playofs being in question. So, in a tossup game, I'm going with the healthier and more desprate team.