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.
Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers Head to Head
These teams have played a total of 198 games with Houston leading with a 111 to 87 advantage. They have played twice this season with a 1-1 split.
Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers Stats
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.
Lillard has been having himself a great January and has the inside track to Player of the Month. He’s coming off Player of the Week honors and has dropped 61, 47, and 50 points in his last three games. He’s also tallied 7 or more assists and 6 or more rebounds in each of those games. Put simply, he’s playing at the level Harden was playing at last January. Now all that remains to be seen is if he can continue this torrid pace and drag Portland into the postseason.
The Houston Rockets are coming off possibly their best win of the season when they limped into Salt Lake City and took down the red-hot Jazz despite missing James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Clint Capela. The Rockets, buoyed by a career high 50 points from Eric Gordon and contributions up and down the bench, came out victorious in a game that Las Vegas expected them to lose by 15.
Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers News
Missing players Rockets: James Harden (Thigh) and Clint Capela (Heel) are questionable.
Missing players Trail Blazers: Rodney Hood (Achilles), Jusuf Nurkic (Leg), Skal Labissiere (Knee) and Zach Collins (Shoulder) are out indefinitely.
Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers Odds
Spread: + 1 Rockets
Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers Predictions
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 shootout.