Portland Trail Blazers (4-2) at Houston Rockets (1-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 30, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Rockets -3 -- Over/Under: 225.5
The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for a statement road victory here to build on their 4-2 record. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 122.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 117.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 33.8 points and 6.6 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 19.8 points and four rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Zach Collins is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 87.2 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51.2 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won two of their three road games this season.
The Houston Rockets are starting to get desperate for a victory after a rough 1-4 start to the season. The Houston Rockets are averaging 110 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 118.8 points on 49.3 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.5 points and nine assists while Chris Paul is averaging 19.7 points and eight assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.6 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have lost four straight regular season home games.
The Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southwest. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off an impressive road win over the Indiana Pacers last night, but they've still been rough on road overall dating back to last season. The Houston Rockets are going through it right now, as that defense has serious flaws. The value is probably on the Trail Blazers and the free bucket, but I'm not hitting the panic button just yet for the Rockets. There's too much top tier talent on this team for the struggles to continue long term. Against a Portland team on the end of a back to back, I'll back the Rockets and the low chalk at home.