The Houston Rockets will host the Portland Trail Blazers for a Western Conference battle on Tuesday night. The Rockets and Trail Blazers have been two of the top teams in the Western Conference in recent seasons. The Blazers will be playing on the second consecutive night after battling the Indiana Pacers on Monday. The Rockets haven’t played a game since an October 26 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Houston brings a 1-4 record into this contest while the Blazers are 3-2 before their game on Monday night.
Rockets vs. Trail Blazers Odds
The Houston Rockets are a small betting favorite in this game. The moneyline is Houston -3.0 over the Trail Blazers. The over/under for total points scored in this game is set at 222.
Spread: Houston -3
Rockets vs. Trail Blazers Head to Head
This is the first of four meetings between the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers this season. Last year, the Rockets had the Trail Blazers’ number, winning all four of the games between the two teams. The games were relatively close as the Rockets beat the Trail Blazers by a combined 22 points in those games.
Rockets vs. Trail Blazers Stats
The Houston Rockets are giving up a whopping 118.8 points per game this season, and scoring just 110 points per game. Center Clint Capela
has played well on the defensive end of the floor, averaging 10.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Chris Paul
will be expected to carry the Rockets offense in this game, and he comes in averaging just under 20 points per game.
The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 122.4 points per game this season, which is the second-highest total in the NBA. Point guard Damian Lillard leads the way with a scoring average of 33.8 points per game entering play on Monday. Shooting guard Evan Turner is shooting over 50% from the field to lead the team.
Rockets vs. Trail Blazers News
Rockets superstar James Harden
will miss this game after suffering a hamstring strain last week. Houston is listing Harden as day-to-day, but he will be held out of this game and re-evaluated before the upcoming road trip according to coach Mike D’Antoni.
This will be the second of five games in seven nights for the Portland Trail Blazers. The road trip started with a pair of games in Florida against the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat and will conclude with this game against the Houston Rockets.
Rockets vs. Trail Blazers Predictions
The Trail Blazers look like the team to bet on in this game, but they are wrapping up a long road trip with a back-to-back. The Rockets have dealt with a ton of adversity so far this season, and they are bound to snap out of their funk eventually. Houston will get enough stops in this game to slow down the Blazers and pick up a much needed win. Bet the Houston Rockets -3.0 over the Portland Trail Blazers.