Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 1/15/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 9:30 PM (Toyota Center)

HOU -8.5, O/U 236

The Portland Trail Blazers travel to Houston, TX on Wednesday for a game against the Rockets in a matchup of two teams from the Western Conference.  In their last game, the Trail Blazers defeated the Charlotte Hornets by the score of 115-112.  Damian Lillard led the way for the Trail Blazers scoring 30 points while going 9 of 17 from the field and 1 of 1 from the free throw line. Lillard also led Portland in assists on the night with 9, while playing a total of 36 minutes against the Hornets.  Anthony Tolliver led the Trail Blazers in rebounds in the game with 11, including 5 coming offensively. 

The Trail Blazers enter Wednesday’s game with a record of 17-24 and are in 4th place in the Northwest Division.  Portland is led by point guard Damian Lillard who is averaging a team leading 26.8 points per game on the season. Lillard is also the team leader in assists and is averaging 7.6 assists per game. Hassan Whiteside leads the Trail Blazers in rebounding and is averaging 13.9 per game.  The Trail Blazers enter the game with 1 player listed on their injury report as Mario Hezonja is listed as day to day.

The Houston Rockets welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to town on Wednesday night, but first must play the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.  Houston won their last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves by the score of 139-109.  James Harden led the Rockets in scoring on the night as he recorded 32 points while shooting 8 of 17 from the field and 10 of 13 from the free throw line.  Russell Westbrook led the Rockets in assists on the night with 10 while playing a total of 33 minutes against the Timberwolves.  Isaiah Hartenstein led Houston in rebounds on the night with 15, including 5 coming offensively.   

With the win in their last game, the Houston Rockets are now 26-12 and are currently in 1st place in the Southwest Division.  James Harden is Houston’s leading scorer and is scoring 37.7 points per game and is always a threat to shoot. Harden is also the Rockets leader in assists per game with 7.5.  Center Clint Capela is the leading rebounder for the Rockets as he has averaged 14.4 rebounds per game, including an average of 4.2 per game on offense.  The Rockets come into Wednesday’s game with 1 player listed on their injury report as Russell Westbrook is listed as day to day. 

The Portland Trail Blazers have scored an average of 111.5 points per game this season while allowing 113.8 points per game.  The Houston Rockets have scored 119.2 points per game on the year while allowing 113.7 points per game.  In their last 5 games, Trail Blazers are 2-3 while the Rockets are 4-1.  The Rockets won the first meeting between these two teams this season by the score of 132-108 in a game played in Houston.  Houston is 14-4 when playing at home this season while Portland is 8-14 on the road.  Houston has won 2 of the last 3 meetings against the Trail Blazers by the average score of 114.67 to 107.  I will be going with the Rockets in this one and I don’t think it will be close.  Rockets win 125-110 and cover the spread. 

Travis’s Pick Houston Rockets -8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.