Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets - 1/29/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:00 PM (Moda Center)

Blazers -1

The Houston Rockets travel to the Moda Center to take on the Portland Trailblazers. The Rockets went on the road to beat the Utah Jazz, winning the game 126-117 to improve their record on the season to 29-17. Houston has struggled as of late having won just four games out of their last ten. Portland defended their home floor, beating the Pacers 139-129 to improve their record on the season to 20-27 on the year.

The Rockets are one of the best offenses in the NBA shooting 118.7 points per game which ranks second in the NBA while shooting just 45.5% from the field ranking them 19th in the NBA offensive field goal percentage. Houston is led by electrifying guard James Harden who is averaging a league-high 36.1 points per game while adding 7.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game. Point guard and offseason acquisition Russel Westbrook comes in averaging 26 points per game while adding a team-high 7.4 assists per game and adding 8.1 rebounds per contest. Center Clint Capella comes in averaging 14.2 points and a team-high 13.9 rebounds. 

The Blazers come in averaging 112.8 points per game to rank 10th in the NBA but are shooting 45.3% from the field ranking them 21st in the NBA in field goal percentage. The Blazers are led by superstar Damian Lillard who is averaging 28.8 points per game while adding a team-high 7.7 assists per game. Another key contributor for the Blazers is backcourt sidekick CJ McCollum who is averaging 21.6 points per game while adding 4 assists per game. Manning the middle is center Hassan Whiteside who is averaging 15.6 points while adding 14 rebounds per game. 

Portland is allowing 114.9 points per game to rank 25th in the NBA scoring defense but has held teams to 44.8% from the field which ranks 10th in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage. The Rockets have allowed 114.3 points per game which ranks them 24th in the NBA while holding teams to 45.5% from the field.

Portland has struggled this season and played well below their expectations and it has shown with their record on the season ATS which comes in at 17-28-2 on the season but have struggled as of late covering just once in their last five games. The Rockets come in with a 22-24 record ATS but have covered the spread in three of their last four games. Final score prediction, Portland’s struggles continue and the Rockets win on the road as underdogs in a high scoring 121-119 game. 

Lance’s Pick Rockets +1

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