Rockets vs. Trail Blazers Prediction
The Portland Trail Blazers came up short as a small home favorite last night when they host the Thunder. They’ll look to rebound Saturday night as a small dog when they host the Houston Rockets at 10:00 p.m. ET. Will they have better success tonight?
557 Houston Rockets at 558 Portland Trail Blazers
10:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 5, 2019
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Rockets are 1-point favorites to beat the Trail Blazers. The total, meanwhile, sits at 217 points and as of this writing, 68% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Rockets to cover the point spread.
Houston Rockets Fantasy Spin
James Harden had a signature MVP moment during a 135-134 win at Golden State on Thursday, finishing with 44 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists, one steal, two blocks and 10 triples in 44 minutes. He hit a 30-foot, step-back trey with 51.4 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, and he hit a contested 29-footer jumper to give the Rockets a one-point lead with 2.7 seconds left in overtime to earn their sixth consecutive win (video in link below). He's on one of the most ridiculous heaters of all time, averaging 41.1 points, 7.1 boards, 9.5 dimes, 2.1 steals and 6.1 treys over his last 11. He's also scored 40-plus points in five straight to put him in elite company with Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson also accomplishing this feat. The Beard is the favorite for MVP right now.
Portland Trail Blazers Fantasy Spin
C.J. McCollum struggled from the field on Friday, scoring just 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting to go with two rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against OKC. After busting out for 35 points against the Sixers on Sunday, McCollum has tallied 26 points total in the two games since. He has now shot below 50% in seven of his last 10 games. McCollum has gone four consecutive games without a steal, which is now his longest such streak this season. He's too good of a player to continue struggling like he has over the last two weeks and will break out of his shooting funk at some point. This is the perfect time to attempt to buy-low.
NBA Betting Trends
The over is 4-1 in the Rockets’ last five games overall but the under cashed in five of Houston’s previous seven road games.
The under is 5-1 in the Trail Blazers’ last six games overall and has hit in 12 of their last 14 conference tilts.
The Rockets are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games versus the Trail Blazers and are 2-5 against the number in their last seven games in Portland. Houston is also 7-19-1 at the betting window in its last 27 games after scoring more than 1215 points in its previous contest. On the other side, the Trail Blazers have won 16 of 23 at the betting window in their last 23 home games versus a team with a losing road record.
Saturday NBA Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers +1