Free NBA Pick: Trail Blazers vs Rockets Lines
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(7-5) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets (6-4)
Date: Thursday November 17
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: PDX -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 220
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Both of these teams have gotten off to solid starts in the West and are looking to be in the second tier come playoffs.
Portland is very deep and should have little trouble playing at the fast tempo Houston likes.
Houston star James Harden is having a monster year in the new system.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland has been up and down this season, but more up. They are looking to shake off a pretty bad loss at home as they start this road trip.
The Blazers are led by their backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, again one of the top scoring pairings in the league.
Lillard is still probably underrated but he has increased his scoring every season he has been in the league He was at 25ppg last year and this year he is averaging 29ppg so far.
McCollum is the more pure shooter but does not contribute as much in the box score, though his scoring is up too.
Only one other player averages in double digits for Portland – Mo Harkless. It is good to see his game expanding but at 6’9″ he should average more rebounds. He is getting less than Lillard.
Al Farouq-Aminu is off to a terrible shooting start and will miss the game due to injury. He is the team’s top rebounder.
The Rockets were looking to change the way they played this season. So far the results have been OK with the biggest change being a spike in Harden’s numbers.
Harden is averaging 30ppg and 12apg. We know he is a terrific scorer but the assists are very impressive too. I wonder if a player has ever led the league in scoring and distributing. He could certainly do it. He also has 2 triple doubles on the season.
Part of the reason there is so much responsibility on him is that Patrick Beverley has been out. He is expected to see his first action of the season in this one.
Up front there is no more Dwight Howard so the heavy lifting falls to Clint Capela. He leads the team in rebounds but is not much of a threat to score.
Similar to Howard the Rockets have to be careful with him because he is a terrible free throw shooter – 36%.
New additions Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson as earning their keep by hitting bombs from deep. The team is 6th in 3pt percentage at 37.
As long as the offense keeps humming this team can continue to win more than it loses even though it is a poor defensive club.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Over is 9-1 in Trail Blazers last 10 Thursday games.
- Under is 6-0 in Rockets last 6 home games.
- Under is 5-1 in Rockets last 6 overall.
- Over is 13-3 in Rockets last 16 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
Portland is on the road but they might be catching the Rockets in a good spot as they are likely to have a hard game against OKC the night before.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: UNDER 220
After chasing around Russell Westbrook they might not have as much energy for Lillard who is kind of like a Westbrook lite.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland 107 – Houston 101
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