Rockets vs. Raptors Prediction

Will Rockets cover vs. a Raptors team playing on back-to-back nights? 1/8/17

With the Raptors playing on back-to-back nights, will the red-hot Rockets cover at 6:00PM ET tonight in Toronto?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Raptors are now 2.5-point home underdogs versus the Rockets after opening as a 3-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 227 but has dropped all the way down to 223.5 at the majority of sports books.

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James Harden scored 14 points on 5-of-15 from the field in a 100-93 win over the Magic on Friday. He added seven rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in 34 minutes as the Rockets were playing on a road back-to-back. Harden missed all eight attempts from the 3-point line in a down performance, but it was still a big win for Houston.

The Raptors blew a double-digit halftime lead in Chicago on Saturday night, falling to the Bulls 123-118 in overtime. Kyle Lowry scored 27 points with 12 assists, nine rebounds, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 44 minutes while DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in the loss.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Raptors played in Chicago last night, blew a big halftime lead, played in overtime, traveled back to Toronto and now have to play a red-hot Rockets team that has won eight of its last 10 games. Houston is 12-3 against the spread in its last 15 road games, is 5-2 against the number in its last seven games and is 16-5 ATS in its last 21 games playing on one days of rest. The Raptors, meanwhile, are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

 

SUNDAY NBA PREDICTION: HOUSTON ROCKETS -2.5

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