Rockets vs. Trail Blazers Prediction
Will the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers pull off a small upset tonight when they take on the dominant Houston Rockets at 10:30 p.m. ET?
Monday, March 20, 2018
TV: TNT, 10:30 p.m. ET
Houston opened as a 4-point road favorite in this matchup but the line has climbed to 4.5 at the majority of online sportsbooks. As for the total, it opened at 216 but was bet down to 215.5 online.
As of this writing, 58% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Trail Blazers to cover the point spread. Meanwhile, 93% of the betting tickets are currently on the over.
KEY INJURY TO WATCH
James Harden (hand) is probable to play for the Rockets but they'll be without Brandan Wright, who remains out with a knee injury. On the other side, Shabazz Napier (toe) is questionable to play for the Trail Blazers.
I fully admit I'm thinking like a public bettor here but I like taking the points with the red-hot home team. The Trail Blazers are a perfect 8-0 against the spread in their last eight games when facing an opponent with a winning record. They're also 13-2-1 against the number in their last 16 conference games, and are 16-4-1 at the betting window in their last 21 games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game. Speaking of which, the Rockets are just 3-12-1 against the spread in their last 16 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous contest.
OUR PREDICTION: PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS +4.5