Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets
October 7, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Rockets +7 / Toronto Raptors -7
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The Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets meet Friday in preseason NBA action at the Toyota Center. The Toronto Raptors have won 7 of their last 10 preseason games. The Houston Rockets have split their last 8 preseason games.
The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 82 points on 32.3 percent shooting. Chris Boucher is averaging 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Precious Achiuwa is averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds. Josh Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Pascal Siakam is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 25 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.
The Houston Rockets are averaging 134 points on 54.6 percent shooting and allowing 96 points on 35.5 percent shooting. Jabari Smith Jr. is averaging 21 points and 8 rebounds, while Tari Eason is averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Alperen Şengün is grabbing 5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 44.4 percent from beyond the arc and 54.5 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 26.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 60 rebounds per game.
The Raptors are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Rockets are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Friday games and 25-55 ATS in their last 80 home games. The under is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 overall. The over is 6-1 in Rockets last 7 overall. The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
This line makes no sense to me. The Toronto Raptors are the better team on paper and will have the better season. However, this is the preseason where young, athletic teams have success, and we saw just how deadly the Rockets can be. The Houston Rockets may be raw, but they’re talented and there’s playing time on the table. These young players are ready to show up and show out. Give me the points with the Rockets.