The Houston Rockets (11-3) welcome the Toronto Raptors (7-5) to Toyota Center. The Rockets will attempt to prolong their six-game winning streak. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 219 points with Houston opening as a 6-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, and it can be seen on NBATV.
Toronto Raptors at Houston Rockets Betting Preview
In the Raptors’ last outing, they lost a close one to the Boston Celtics, 95-94. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan had a solid game, leading both teams in scoring with 24 points on 8-for-22 shooting. Boston had an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 24.0). Toronto, meanwhile, did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (20-23; 87.0 percent).
The Rockets hope to keep it rolling after blowing out the Indiana Pacers in their last contest, 118-95. Houston was lifted by James Harden, who was the team’s high scorer with 26 points on 9-for-21 shooting. Houston dominated every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.7 (above their season average of 22.0) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.572 (above their season average of 0.549). Indiana recorded marks of 15.9 and 0.494, respectively, for those same stats.
It might turn into a shootout as a pair of the NBA’s premier offenses clash. Houston ranks second with 110.7 points per 100 possessions and Toronto is fifth (108.7).
Of Toronto’s 12 games, six have finished over the O/U total, while 8 of Houston’s 14 games have finished under the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Rockets have a sizable advantage. They are 11-3 SU and 8-6 ATS, while the Raptors are 7-5 SU and 6-6 ATS.
Harden has really been playing well over the last five games for Houston, averaging 37.8 points, 10.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after splitting two games last season. The Rockets won the last contest 129-122. The Rockets’ offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over the Raptors. Houston had a rate of 22.2, while Toronto posted a mark of 12.1.
Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Rockets, ATS Winner – Rockets, O/U – Under
- The Raptors average 31.1 three pointers per game, which ranks seventh in the league. The Rockets rank 14th in three pointers allowed per game (27.7).
- Houston ranks second in rebounds allowed per game (40.2) while Toronto ranks sixth (41.8).
- Toronto ranks seventh in points in the paint per game (47.2) while Houston ranks 14th in points allowed in the paint per game (43.6).
- Toronto ranks 12th in assists per game (22.0) while Houston ranks 14th in assists allowed per game (22.3).
- Toronto is 4-3 ATS on the road with 5 unders and 2 overs.
- At home, Houston is 3-3 ATS with 3 overs and 3 unders.
- Toronto is 3-1 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Houston is 5-1.
- In games where they reach 100 points, the Raptors are 6-2 and the Rockets are 11-1.
- The Rockets rank fourth in steals per game (9.2) while the Raptors rank ninth (8.5).
- Toronto averages 20.8 points off turnovers per game, which ranks third in the NBA. Houston ranks 23rd in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.4).
- The Rockets rank third in second chance points allowed per game (9.6) while the Raptors rank 20th (13.2).
- The Rockets average 4.9 blocks per game, which ranks 12th in the NBA. The Raptors rank 14th in blocks allowed per game (4.8).
- Houston averages 11.0 fast break points per game, which ranks 11th in the league. Toronto ranks 25th in fast break points allowed per game (13.5).
- Houston is 4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Toronto is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
- The Rockets’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 16.8, up from 8.2 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Raptors have scored an average of 108.0 points per game (0.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 106.8 points per game (2.5 above their season average).