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(51-13) Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors (47-17)
Date: Friday March 9
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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The marquee match of Friday March 9 finds top seeds of opposing conferences tipping off and both on win streaks. Houston arrives in the 6ix with the league’s season high 17 game win streak in tow.
While the Raptors six game streak pales in comparison they are one of three teams who have yet to lose more than two games in a row (Warriors, Wolves).
In their last game Houston dispensed of the reeling Bucks while the Raptors had to overcome Serge Ibaka’s ejection, a 17 point deficit and overtime to capture the win in Detroit.
Last season the teams split the season series and Toronto took the initial meeting in Houston this year. The Rockets hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors in 25 of their 44 matches.
James Harden has been nothing short of spectacular this season producing what most pundits believe will net him the MVP by season end. After being the bridesmaid in two of the past three seasons, one could say he’s overdue.
Key to the Rockets prowess is their improved Jeff Bzdelik inspired defense which is bolstered by PJ Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute. The latter specifically provides the best on court defense.
Houston inexplicably shoot the second most free throw per game, yet they rank 30th for percentage of two point field goals and points scored in the paint.
Joe Johnson (illness) missed last two games while Ryan Anderson (hip) has missed last five.
This week on NBA TV Shaq said he wasn’t sure DeMar DeRozan has the qualities of a superstar and until Kyle Lowry performs every playoff game he won’t buy in.
DeRozan offered an actionable response in Detroit delivering 42 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists with no turnovers.
The earth shattering dunk DeRozan delivered with 5.3 seconds left in regulation and his overtime assist that produced the game winner punctuated his evening.
Lowry was equally impressive with 15 points, 15 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals.
Notably OG Anunoby (ankle) is questionable. The rookie forced many of Harden’s nine turnovers in Houston, so his absence will hurt. Delon Wright (toe) is also questionable.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Teams are 5-5 in last 10 head to head contests
- Raptors are 6-4 ATS in last 10 head to head matchups.
- Over – under is 7-3 in last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Both teams are playing their third game in four nights benefitting Toronto since their reserve unit is by far the league’s best. Add another check to Toronto for boasting the NBA’s best home record (27-5). Houston ranks second (25-6 with Toronto one of those six).
Put a check beside the Rockets for their second ranked offense (Toronto – fourth). Clearly the three point shooting edge falls to Houston although perhaps surprisingly the most efficient perimeter shooter on either team is Jonas Valanciunas (minimum 50 attempts – 44.6%).
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In a game of this nature defense may be the deciding factor which gives third ranked Toronto the edge (Houston rank 9th).
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 113 – Rockets 108
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