A five-game home winning streak is on the line for the Houston Rockets (26-13), who will be 8.5-point favorites when they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers (17-24) to Toyota Center. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 236 points and it can be seen on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets Betting Odds
In their last matchup, the Rockets (11-point underdogs) fell to the Memphis Grizzlies, 121-110, while The Trail Blazers (9-point favorites) edged the Charlotte Hornets, 115-112. The Houston game went 1 point under the projected point total of 232, while the Portland game finished 11.5 points over the projected point total of 215.5.
Portland played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.181 (below their season average of 0.193) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.602 (above their season average of 0.514). Charlotte recorded marks of 0.156 and 0.544, respectively, for those same stats. Houston, meanwhile, did a terrific job of making free throws (22-24; 91.7 percent). Houston’s James Harden had a solid performance, finishing with 41 points, six rebounds and six assists. Meanwhile, Portland received a boost from Damian Lillard, who finished with 30 points and nine assists.
In their first matchup this year, Russell Westbrook led the Rockets to a 132-108 victory. He recorded a triple-double with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Houston covered as an 8-point favorite and the two teams combined for 240 points, which was over the projected point total of 231.5. Houston out-rebounded Portland. The Rockets had 17 offensive rebounds and 58 total rebounds, while the Trail Blazers had 12 and 44, respectively.
Of the Trail Blazers’ 41 games, 21 have finished under the total. Portland comes into the game with records of 17-24 straight up (SU) and 15-24-2 against the spread (ATS).
Vegas has a tendency to place the total high when the Rockets are involved, as 55.3 percent of their games have ended under the projected point total. Further, Houston owns records of 26-13 SU and 20-18 ATS.
Houston could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their productive offense squares off against one of the worst defenses in the league. The Rockets rank third in offensive efficiency, while Portland ranks 21st in defensive efficiency.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets ATS Pick
Free NBA Tip: SU Winner – Rockets, ATS Winner – Rockets, O/U – Under
- The Trail Blazers rank 14th in fast break points per game (13.0) while the Rockets rank 29th in fast break points allowed per game (16.2).
- Houston ranks fifth in rebounds per game (47.3) while Portland ranks 28th in rebounds allowed per game (48.3).
- The Rockets rank first in three pointers attempted per game (44.2) while the Trail Blazers rank 21st in three pointers allowed per game (34.5).
- Houston ranks 10th in second chance points per game (13.5) while Portland ranks last in second chance points allowed per game (15.7).
- Portland ranks second in blocks per game (6.4) while Houston ranks 17th (4.8).
- The Rockets rank eighth in points off turnovers per game (18.0) while the Trail Blazers rank 29th (14.0).
- The Trail Blazers rank 12th in assists allowed per game (23.6) while the Rockets rank 28th (26.0).
- Houston ranks 19th in points in the paint per game (47.1) while Portland ranks 29th (42.9).
- Houston ranks 10th in steals per game (7.9) while Portland ranks last (5.9).
- In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, Houston is 3-0 and Portland is 4-0.
- When scoring above 100 points, the Rockets are 26-11 and the Trail Blazers are 17-18.
- Portland is 9-12-1 ATS on the road, while Houston is 10-8 ATS at home.
- In 22 road games, the Trail Blazers have 13 unders, 8 overs and 1 push.
- The Rockets have 10 overs and 8 unders in 18 home games.
- The Rockets are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Trail Blazers are 1-4.
- In their last five games, Houston has 3 overs and 2 unders, while Portland has 3 unders and 2 overs.
- During their last five games, the Rockets have scored an average of 116.2 points per game (2.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 113.2 points per game (0.7 below their season average).
- The Trail Blazers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 8.2, up from 2.3 for the season.