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2021 NBA Handicapping
(17-25) Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets (11-30)
Date: Monday, March 22nd
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -7.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 224.5
On Monday, March 22nd the Toronto Raptors travel to Texas to play the Houston Rockets in their second and final meeting of the 2020-21 season. In the initial meeting on February 26th, the Raptors won 122-111.
Last season, the squads played once with the Rockets winning the lone contest. The Rockets hold the all-time record having won 28 matches of the 49 played
The Raptors are literally in free fall. They put up a strong effort against the Jazz on Friday, losing by two points but ultimately couldn’t overcome the free throw disparity of 41 to 14.
Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and OG Anunoby all had strong performances against the Jazz but appeared visibly exhausted for stretches on Sunday. It’s understandable given they weren’t able to do any physical activity for almost three weeks.
Trade rumors are swirling about Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell which can’t be helping. When Collin Sexton elected to chirp at VanVleet Sunday, Powell came to his defense.
The Raptors of old would’ve been fueled by that altercation but they weren’t able to summon what was necessary losing their eighth consecutive game.
If they lose to Houston it will only serve to fuel the ‘blow it up’ rumors. And if they win their next three matches feature a trio of elite clubs (Nuggets, Suns, Blazers).
While the starting trio will eventually regain their conditioning, Masai Ujiri has decisions to make because even if Lowry and Powell remain, the bench (other than Chris Boucher) hasn’t provided any consistent support.
Twenty and counting — that’s how many consecutive losses the Rockets have amassed. Yet, perhaps no loss was more embarrassing than the one on Sunday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are supposed to be tanking because Sam Presti has amassed a potential 18 first-round draft picks over the next seven seasons. But this young scrappy squad continues to prove how building a winning culture can pay long-term dividends.
The starting rotation the Rockets faced included two rookies and two sophomores and a two-way contracted player. Yet, they were the team who played with energy and chemistry.
John Wall became the scapegoat at the game end when Luguentz Dort blocked one of his shots and then he ignored head coach Stephen Silas’ play call for Christian Wood and took a long-range 3-pointer that clanked off the rim.
Christian Wood led the way for Houston with 27 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks. Wall registered 24 points, seven assists, and three steals. Victor Oladipo and Danuel House Jr scored 23 and 18 points respectively as the only other double-figure contributors for Houston.
Eric Gordon (groin), Danuel House (knee), and Dante Exum (calf) missed the Sunday match and are likely out again.
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 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets NBA Prediction
As bad as 21 losses in a row would be for the Rockets, it’s fair to say the Raptors losing a ninth straight could dramatically impact what happens Thursday at the trade deadline.
With 30 games remaining the question is whether the Raptors can afford to weather the storm or react to the adversity they’ve faced and pull the plug.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors ATS
Something has to give — one team will end a losing streak. The Raptors need it more so I’m hedging on them summoning the spirit of who the team is at its core.
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