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(48-30) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets (63-15)
Thursday April 5 finds the Portland Trail Blazers arriving at Toyota Center to face their host the Houston Rockets. In their last game the Blazers played in Dallas losing to the Mavericks. Houston hosted the Wizards on Monday besting Washington to capture their 63rd win.
Last season, Houston took two of three meetings, and are up 3-0 over the Blazers this season. The Rockets hold the all-time record having bested the Blazers in 108 of their 192 matches.
Portland Trail Blazers
Despite twisting his ankle in the previous game Damian Lillard suited up for the match versus Dallas. It was an uncharacteristic loss by the Blazers, particularly to a lottery team.
Since San Antonio lost to the Clippers the Blazers currently hold a three game margin over both the Spurs and Jazz with all teams having four games remaining.
Despite holding a three game margin over both squads there is some intrigue to the closing schedule because the Blazers play both in their final four games and haven’t secured either tiebreaker.
Granted it would require Portland losing all four games and one of Utah or San Antonio winning out, but the opportunity exists until Portland win once more.
Ed Davis (ankle) at versus the Rockets and is questionable against the Rockets. Maurice Harkless (knee) will undergo arthroscopic surgery and be re-evaluated in two weeks. CJ Wilcox (knee) remains out following knee surgery and continues to rehab Portland’s NBA G League affiliate.
A decisive win over the Wizards should appease head coach Mike D’Antoni’s concerns regarding the Rockets rhythm. D’Antoni voiced his concern following the loss to the Spurs stating Houston’s offense had been regressing down the stretch.
With the victory over Washington the Rockets claimed the best home court record in the NBA. To close out the regular season the goal for the Rockets is to keep their offense in rhythm, tweak the defense and above all get everyone healthy.
To that end, despite taking a few hard knocks vs the Spurs PJ Tucker played Tuesday while Chris Paul and Nene returned to the lineup.
Ryan Anderson, however suffered an ankle sprain and may miss this game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail 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 8-2 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
The Blazers should enter this match with two goals in mind. To gain a psychological edge via a win since the Rockets have owned them recently. And, take matters into their own hands by sewing up the third seed.
With neither squad having a major objective beyond remaining healthy it’s unlikely this match has the playoff intensity so many other games are currently demonstrating to close the season.
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NBA Free Score Prediction: Trail Blazers 115 – Rockets 111
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