Portland Trail Blazers (48-30) at Houston Rockets (63-15)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 5, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Rockets -10.5 -- Over/Under: 214
The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets meet Thursday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for a statement victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 106.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.7 points and 6.6 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.6 points and 3.9 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won seven of their last nine road games.
The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling after winning 12 of their last 13 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 113.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 104.1 points on 46.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 30.7 points and 8.8 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 18.5 points and 7.9 assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 10.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets haven’t lost a home game since January 4.
The Trail Blazers are 17-5-1 ATS in their last 23 vs. Western Conference, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 35-17-2 ATS in their last 54 games overall. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 16-5 ATS in their last 21 vs. NBA Northwest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 21-5 in the last 26 meetings.
This is a lot of point to lay with a Houston Rockets team that really has nothing left to play for, but that hasn't stopped them from outscoring teams by 10.2 points in their last five games. The Portland Trail Blazers rely heavily on their backcourt, and not having Lillard on the floor really hurts them in a game where they need offense to keep up. This is a game where the Rockets can run away. So, if I was going to play this game, I'd take the Rockets by double digits.