Rockets vs. Raptors NBA Prediction
The Raptors will look to add to their win column on Friday night when they host a struggling Rockets team at 7:30 p.m. ET. That said, is 7.5 too big a number to lay with Toronto as a home favorite?
535 Houston Rockets (+7.5) at 536 Toronto Raptors (-7.5); o/u 221
7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, February 26, 2021
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Houston Rockets DFS Spin
Victor Oladipo finally returned from his foot injury on Wednesday and hit 8-of-20 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 112-96 loss to the Cavaliers. Dipo looked spry and it was tough to tell he hadn't played in a game since Feb. 11. He didn't shoot it well but appears to have made it through the game in one piece, so he should be good to go going forward. With Dipo back in action both Eric Gordon and David Nwaba came off the bench. Gordon hit 5-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, while Nwaba played just 17 minutes for 12 points, two 3-pointers, a rebound and a steal.
Toronto Raptors DFS Spin
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the 76ers, Heat and Clippers are possible trade destinations for Kyle Lowry. Lowry will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and with that being the case it should come as no surprise that his name has come up in a trade rumor. And a return to his home city of Philadelphia could be in the cards for the 34-year old point guard. "A source said Lowry would like to be in Philly. The source believes the Sixers and Raptors might be able to get something done," Pompey wrote. "But if it comes to that, Toronto would most likely want some picks, young players, and veterans with expiring contracts for Lowry, who’s making $30 million this season." Pompey also reported that the team would like to do right by Lowry, who has spent the last nine years in Toronto, and move him to a contender should a trade be consummated.
Rockets vs. Raptors Betting Prediction
The Rockets have been terrible against the spread and on the hardwood of late, dropping nine of their last 10 games straight up and eight of their last nine at the betting window. They’re also 1-5 against the spread in their last six games as an underdog, are 1-5 against the number in their last six road games and are 8-24 against the spread in their last 32 games coming off a loss. The Raptors, meanwhile, are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games as a favorite and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on one day of rest.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: TORONTO RAPTORS -7.5