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(4-2) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets (1-4)
Date: Tuesday October 30
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 225.5
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Tuesday, October 30 finds the Portland Trail Blazers traveling to Houston to play the struggling Rockets. Portland lost to the Heat on Saturday and won the front end of a back to back set at Indiana on Monday prior to arriving in Houston.
Meanwhile the Rockets have lost three in a row including twice to Chris Paul’s former LA Clippers squad. This isn’t the way Houston or most pundits envisioned the Texas team starting the season meaning there is ample work to do.
Last season Houston swept the Blazers and hold an 8-3 edge in the last three seasons. Houston hold the all-time record having bested the Blazers 109 of their 193 matches.
Portland Trail Blazers
While their opponent was expected to be among the league leaders the Blazers were picked preseason to regress. Entering the week the Blazers two defeats came courtesy of a one point overtime loss to the Wizards and a tough outing in Miami this past weekend.
Damian Lillard leads Portland in scoring (33.8 points) and assists (6.6) while Jusuf Nurkic is the top rebound (10.4) and steals man (1.4).
The Blazers score the second most points per game in the Association which doesn’t bode well for a porous Houston’s defense. Conversely, the Blazers defense of the perimeter ranks 24th which could be a harbinger of good luck for the Rockets.
Gary Trent Jr. (right quadriceps) missed all five games entering play Monday and was questionable for the Pacers game. Mo Harkless (knee) will miss the Pacers game and is questionable for his return date is unknown.
To say the Rockets have struggled is an understatement. Sure, they’ve had to deal with Spit Gate and a James Harden injury (hamstring), but that’s not the key Houston problem, it’s defense. Or rather a lack of defense.
Head coach Mike D’Antoni is already stating the team is planning on abandoning the switch heavy system Jeff Bzdelik employed to great effect last season. But, Bzdelik retired and the new personnel (Carmelo Anthony) don’t suit the style especially since Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute exited.
To that end, Daryl Morey is said to have offered the Minnesota Timberwolves four of their first round picks and some combination of recently acquired Phoenix Suns Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight for Jimmy Butler.
Houston is riddled with injury woes with several key players expected to miss this contest. James Harden and James Ennis III are both out with hamstring strains. Other Rockets expected to be out long term are Nene (calf strain), Chriss (ankle) Zhou Qi (knee) and Knight (knee).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Blazers are 5-4 -1 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings.
- Rockets are 7-3 in last 10 head to head contests.
- Over Under is 7-3 n team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
Despite being in Houston, on second night of back to back, no Harden, Nene or defense to speak of should give the Blazers the edge.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers +3.5
Portland will want to send a message and without several key Rockets available, this game offers a perfect opportunity.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Blazers 117 – Rockets 110
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