Rockets vs. Raptors Pick

NBA Predictions: Can Rockets reel off 18th straight win at Raptors? 3/9/18

Is the unbelievable winning streak of the Houston Rockets going to reach 18 games tonight when they play at the Toronto Raptors? Tip-off is at 7:30PM ET.

805 Houston Rockets at 806 Toronto Raptors, 7:30PM ET

CURRENT ODDS

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Rockets are a 2.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 221 points.

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LINE MOVEMENT

The line opened as a pick'em before shifting in the Rockets' favor, while the total has moved up after opening at 218.5. If you are betting on the Rockets, the spread can also be found at -2 at many sportsbooks. The total ranges anywhere between 220.5 and 221.5 depending on the book.

PUBLIC BETTING

As of Friday afternoon, 77 percent of public bets are pouring in on the Rockets. Online wager info also shows that 71 percent of bets are siding with the over.

INJURY TO WATCH

Shooting guard Joe Johnson (illness) and center Clint Capela (calf) are both listed as probable to play tonight. Ryan Anderson (hip flexor) will miss his sixth straight game. For the Raptors, point guard Delon Wright (big toe) and small forward OG Anunoby (ankle) have both been ruled out.

BETTING STRATEGY

On paper, this is the toughest test yet for the Rockets during this winning streak. Toronto already holds one victory over Houston this season, winning 129-113 on the road back on Nov. 14. While the last 10 matchups are 5-5 straight up, the Raptors are 6-4 ATS. Additionally, Toronto is dominant at home with a 27-5 straight up record which negates Houston's 26-7 road mark. The Raptors have been red-hot too with 13 wins in their last 14 games, the lone defeating coming in overtime at home to the Bucks. Well, Houston just defeated host Milwaukee 110-99 two nights ago. Even with some trends maybe tilting the Raptors' way, I can't pick against Houston right now.

NBA DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ROCKETS -2.5

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