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Rockets visit Raptors in NBA clash

Houston RocketsToronto Raptors
Dec 16, 1:00 PM | Air Canada Centre

Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors Odds

11-11TEAM RECORD5-19

The Raptors will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Rockets tip off at Air Canada Centre on Sunday in NBA play.

The Rockets will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 10-11-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Raptors are 11-13 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Houston is 12-10 on the totals; Toronto is 12-12.

View Houston vs Toronto Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened this morning as 3.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 198.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 12-rated Rockets taking on the No. 28-rated Raptors in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 101-95 win for the Rockets on Sunday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Toronto's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 95.2 PPG, against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 30 at 104.1 PPG. The Raptors field goal percentage has averaged 42.4% so far, less than the Rockets shooters have achieved on the year, 43.9% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Rockets own the league's No. 30-rated mark, allowing 108.1 points per game when playing on the road. Toronto, on the other hand, rates No. 12 in scoring on their home court.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 101-89 winner as they battled the Celtics at home. The Rockets covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite, while 190 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Houston earned a 101-89 victory over Boston on Friday, getting 21 points from James Harden at Toyota Center.

The Raptors were a 95-74 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Mavericks. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (169) made winners of UNDER bettors. Toronto cruised to victory on Friday, running Dallas out of the gym and running up a 95-74 score at Air Canada Centre.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing New York are 8-2
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Cleveland are 4-6
After playing Dallas are 3-7
After a win are 3-7

A few Rockets at Raptors trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Houston's last 15 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at New York, Monday, December 17
Toronto at Cleveland, Tuesday, December 18

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