Trail Blazers play host to the Rockets
The Portland Trail Blazers are 0-3 both SU and ATS in their last three games against the Houston Rockets with those two NBA teams set to meet for the second time this season on Thursday night.
Houston topped Portland 116-101 as a 2-point road underdog in the first meeting of the season between the teams on November 5, turning in an OVER result for totals bettors. The OVER is now 4-0 in the last four games between Houston and Portland.
Portland will face the 15-7 Rockets, who own a 12-8-2 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Trail Blazers are 15-7 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Rockets are 11-11 favoring the OVER.
The Trail Blazers sit at No. 1 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Rockets are at No. 6 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Trail Blazers will win this game 104-102.
In their last action, Houston was a 98-88 winner at home against the Magic. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (186) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. James Harden scored 27 points and added 10 assists for a double-double, leading Houston over Orlando, 98-88, on Sunday at Toyota Center.
Portland won its last outing, a 105-94 result against the Jazz on December 9. The Trail Blazers covered in that game as a 7-point favorite, while the 199 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Portland earned a 105-94 victory over Utah on Monday, getting 24 points from LaMarcus Aldridge at EnergySolutions Arena.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Portland's No. 2-ranked offense (106.18 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 21 at 101.18 PPG. The Trail Blazers have averaged 45.78% from the field per game, less than the Rockets have managed so far this season (47.65% on average).
Houston at Golden State, Friday, December 13th
Portland at Philadelphia, Saturday, December 14th