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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets - 01/05/2019 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers meet Saturday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The Houston Rockets look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Houston Rockets are averaging 110.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 47.3 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 33.6 points and 8.6 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 17.3 points and 12.7 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Rivers is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have split their last eight road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 111.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.7 points and 5.8 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing eight rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won six of their last nine home games.

The Rockets are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 29-13 ATS in their last 42 home games, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. Western Conference and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Rockets are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Portland and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Trail Blazers last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 overall.

The Houston Rockets have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Portland Trail Blazers, which includes a seven-point win against them less than a month ago. The Portland Trail Blazers are on the end of a back to back and coming off a frustrating loss to the OKC Thunder. The Houston Rockets are as confident as ever during this six-game winning streak, and they're outscoring teams by seven points in their last five games despite shooting just 45.3 percent and allowing 46.8 percent shooting. Harden is playing out of his mind and the Rockets are hitting those outside shots. This line seems off, as there's no way you can turn down the Rockets in a near pick em against a team so inconsistent such as the Trail Blazers.

Houston Rockets -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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