In this high-caliber showdown between the first and the sixth best teams of the Western Conference, the struggling lately Portland Trail Blazers (13-11), looking to end a losing streak, are hosting the red-hot leaders of the West Houston Rockets (19-4).
Date/Time: 12-09-2017, 22:00 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers +10
Blazers have a 13-11 record (8-13-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 6th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against Washington with a 92-106 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 25.7 ppg, adding 5.2 rebounds and a team high 6.3 assists per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 20.7 ppg, while Jusuf Nurkic adds 15.1 ppg and a team high 7.8 rebounds per game.
Rockets have a 19-4 record (14-9 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Warriors in the first place of the West. They have eight consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against Utah with a 112-101 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 31.6 ppg, adding a team high 9.4 assists per game. He is followed by Eric Gordon with 18.9 ppg, while Clint Capela adds 13.2 ppg and a team high 11.2 rebounds per game.
In their three meetings last season, Houston led Portland 2-1 wins. Blazers are 7-7 at home so far this season, while Rockets are 11-1 on the road. Rockets are better offensively, scoring a second-best 114 ppg to Blazers’ 102.8, while Blazers are better defensively, allowing 100.2 ppg to Rockets’ 102.7. Rockets have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.5% to Blazers’ 43.9%, while Blazers have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 37.5% to Rockets’ 36.8%. Blazers are better in rebounding, grabbing a third-best 46.9 to Rockets’ 44.8 and in turnovers committed (15.1 to 16.1), while Rockets are better in assists made, with 23 to Blazers’ league-low of 18.2. Rockets are the favorite for the win and Vegas odds give them a -10 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Blazers will force a closer game than that.
Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers +10 (-111)
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