Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 11/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (7-5) at Houston Rockets (6-5)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -3.5 -- Over/Under: 221.5 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets square off Thursday night in NBA action at the Toyota Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for another big win after winning five of their last seven games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 107 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 111.2 points on 44 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 29.8 points and 4.6 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 21.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Maurice Harkless is the third double-digit scorer and Allen Crabbe is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have have split their last four road games.
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The Houston Rockets look for some consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 107.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 30.3 points and 12.6 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 16.6 points and 2.8 rebounds. Ryan Anderson is the third double-digit scorer and Trevor Ariza is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won two of their last three home games.
The Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Houston and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
I usually side with the Trail Blazers whenever I can get points, but I have some questions with Portland at the moment. The Trail Blazers aren't getting much production from their roll players and Lillard and McCollum can only do so much. Portland also isn't as good on the road as it is at home. The Rockets and their depth should be able to get the job done here even though they played yesterday.