|NBA Trailblazers vs. Rockets Picks & Predictions for Monday, April 9, 2012|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Monday, 09 April 2012 14:30|
Blazers vs. Rockts Free Pick
PORTLAND, OR (ATS Consultants) – The Rockets are coming off a 17-point road win over Sacramento on Sunday, while Portland fell at Milwaukee by 22 on Saturday. Houston travels to Portland for a 10:05PM ET tip off.
ODDS: The oddsmakers have installed the Trailblazers as a 3.5-point favorite over the Houston Rockets, while the over/under total for the game is currently sitting at 196 points. Portland enters the game with a 27-30 overall record and is 19-10 at home this year, while Houston is 31-25 overall and 11-17 on the road.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Rockets opened as a 3.5-point favorite over the Trailblazers and the line has stayed at 3.5 in most books. The total has also remained the same at 196.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 63% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Rockets. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take the OVER 196 Houston/Portland. According to the latest NBA trends, Houston is 6-1 Over last 7 Monday games, 5-1 Over last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game and 14-6 OVER last 20 overall. Portland is 6-0 Over last 6 vs. Western Conference, 7-1 Over last 8 overall, 7-1 last 8 games as a home favorite of 0.5-4.5, 6-2 OVER L8 vs. Southwest Division. Portland is not really playing for anything so their defense is suspect. They allowed 116 points on Saturday at Milwaukee and have gone over 6 of their last 7 games. In their last meeting, Houston beat Portland, 103-96 on Feb. 8 and the game when over the 195.5. The Rockets have won three straight and 3 of their last 4 have gone OVER. Houston is now in sixth place in the West and moving up. Kyle Lowry is now back in the fold at the point for the Rockets and that only strengthens their depth.
MONDAY NBA FREE PICK: ROCKETS/TRAIL BLAZERS OVER 196