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Trail Blazers take on Rockets in hoops contest

Portland Trail BlazersHouston Rockets
31-9January 20, 2014, 08:00 | Toyota Center27-15

The Rockets will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Trail Blazers tip off at Toyota Center on Monday in NBA play.

Supporters of the Trail Blazers have seen them go 31-9 and 24-16 ATS so far this season, while the Rockets are at 27-15 and 20-19-3 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Rockets are 19-22-1, while the Trail Blazers are 28-12.

View Portland Trail Blazers vs Houston Rockets Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 2.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 217.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 20-rated Rockets and the No. 2-rated Trail Blazers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 103-100 win for the Trail Blazers on Monday.

Portland won its last outing, a 127-111 result against the Mavericks on January 18. The Trail Blazers covered in that game as a 2-point favorite, while the 238 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Mavericks were burned for 30 points by LaMarcus Aldridge on Saturday as the Trail Blazers picked up a 127-111 win at American Airlines Center.

The Rockets were a 114-104 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bucks. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (218) made winners of OVER bettors. The Bucks were burned for 36 points by Terrence Jones on Saturday as the Rockets picked up a 114-104 win at Toyota Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 105.12 PPG, against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 26 at 102.9 PPG. The Rockets field goal percentage has averaged 47.2% so far, more than the Trail Blazers shooters have achieved on the year, 45.76% per game.

Next up:
Portland at Oklahoma City, Tuesday, January 21st
Houston home to Sacramento, Wednesday, January 22nd