Toronto Raptors at Houston Rockets
|Date & Time||Friday January 25, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Houston +1.5
ESPN, ATSW, TSN
The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets duke it out at the Toyota Center on Friday night.
The Toronto Raptors have been in great form as they’ve won eight of their last 10 games, but they will be looking to bounce back after having their three-game win streak snapped by the Pacers in a 110-106 road loss on Wednesday. Serge Ibaka led the team in scoring with 23 points on 11 of 19 shooting, Kyle Lowry added 20 points with seven assists while Pascal Siakam chipped in with 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Raptors shot just 41 percent from the field and 12 of 39 from the 3-point line but they just couldn’t get over the line after falling behind by as many as 15 points in the second quarter. With the loss, Toronto fell to 36-14 overall and 15-10 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have split their last 10 games and they will be looking to build some momentum after sneaking past the Knicks in a 114-110 road win on Wednesday. James Harden has been on a historic scoring streak lately and he continued that form with a career-high 61 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and five steals, Eric Gordon added 20 points while Kenneth Faried chipped in with 11 points. As a team, the Rockets shot 41 percent from the field and 11 of 44 from the 3-point line as they held on for the narrow win after taking control of the game in the third quarter where they outscored the Knicks by 30-15. With the win, Houston improved to 27-20 overall and 10-13 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 road games and 1-5 ATS in the last six games following a loss. The Rockets are 11-3-1 ATS in the last 15 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings, the home team is 15-6-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
The Raptors have been on a tear lately and they will likely have their best player in Kawi Leonard who has been rested for the last three games. The Rockets will once again be heavily reliant on James Harden who has been in MVP form lately, but they haven’t been able to sustain a run as Harden is left with too much work to do because of their long list of injuries. The Rockets are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 home games, but I’m going with the Raptors stay hot with a win and cover as their defense and depth should be too much here.