Blazers vs. Rockets Prediction
Will the Houston Rockets be able to bounce back from their most recent loss when they host the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Rockets are favored at home in this game, as they are getting odds of -4 points against the Blazers. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 221 points. Portland has won four of the last six in this series and is 5-1 against the spread in those six games.
Houston is now 6-5 on the season following a 105-103 loss at Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. The Rockets have yet to string together back-to-back losses this year. They are 7-4 against the spread as they are averaging 107.4 points per game on offense while giving up 104.8 points per game. James Harden is averaging 28.7 points, 12.6 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game to lead Houston. The team also may get a boost tonight as Patrick Beverley is expected to make his season debut. He averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists per game last season.
Portland is coming off a 113-88 loss against the Bulls on Tuesday night. Portland is just 7-5 on the season and 4-8 against the spread. The Blazers have failed to cover in five straight entering tonight. Portland is giving up 111.3 points per game this season while averaging 107 points per game on offense. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are leading the effort with 51.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game. Already without Festus Ezili with a knee injury while Al-Farouq Aminu is out with a calf injury.
The Rockets have covered the spread in all four games following a loss this season. They are playing really well under Harden, who has been the league’s top player in the early stages of the season. With the addition of Beverley into the lineup, it frees up Harden to do even more scoring. Look for the Rockets to keep up the strong play tonight.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ROCKETS -4