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2021 NBA Handicapping
(30-23) Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets (15-39)
Date: Thursday, February 10th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Raptors -275 | Rockets +254 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -6.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Thursday, February 10th finds the Toronto Raptors facing the Houston Rockets for the first of two meeting this season. Toronto will host the second meeting on April 8th.
The Raptors are playing a back-to-back set having won 117-98 versus the Thunder on Wednesday while the Rockets last played on Tuesday losing 97-110 to the Pelicans.
Last season, the squads played twice with each team winning on their home court. The Rockets hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors in 29 of their 50 matches.
Looking at the season for the Raptors offers steady progression. In October/November they posted a 9-13 record with Pascal Siakam. missing 11 of those games. December they played only 10 games as they got hit by Omricon and registered a 6-4 record.
With the shift to 2022 the team slowly returned to health posting a 10-6 record in January and are unbeaten (5-0) in February including the win versus the Thunder. The win streak is at seven with nine of their next 10 games versus teams who are seeded below them (Nuggets).
Clearly, when the core is healthy the Raptors are a playoff team and as they hit the trade deadline I believe the five starters are likely untouchable.
Still, all eyes will be watching for Woj bombs tied to Toronto to see if Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster are able to get something in exchange for Goran Dragic specifically to shore up the bench.
Two areas of need stand out – a sixth man that can score (something akin to what Cleveland did by adding LeVert) and a big capable of defending the likes of Joel Embiid.
Ultimately, this squad has proven they can beat the best teams but the wear and tear of playing their core so much will eventually take a toll. Chris Boucher, Precious Achuiwa and Khem Birch are all getting minutes but only Boucher can consistently impact both ends.
Goran Dragic (personal) remains out awaiting a trade.
The Rockets have lost three games in a row and seven of their last eight matches but that’s right in line with the team objective to tank away the season and nab one of the top three draft lottery seeds.
Unlike 2021, the 2022 draft class isn’t as deep with the top three players cited as standouts and then a major drop off. If Houston can grab one of those players to put beside Jalen Green and their youngsters it could help turn around the team quickly.
The question heading into the trade deadline is which players on the current roster are available and more importantly who is the Rockets front office actively shopping.
It’s assumed Eric Gordon and Daniel Theis top the list but where does Christian Wood fit in the mix? Do the Rockets envision Wood as part of the core or is he a player they would move for the right price?
Daniel Theis (personal) was upgraded to probable, Eric Gordon (heel) is questionable (read: we expect to trade him) and Usman Garuba (wrist) was downgraded to out Thursday. John Wall is out as management seeks a trade partner.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Rockets are 6-4 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Rockets are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-4 in the team’s last 10 head-to-head meetings.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
The Raptors are 7-3 in second games of back-to-back sets and with the extra motivation of keeping the streak alive this should go the way of Toronto.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors ATS
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