In this all-Western showdown between two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the conference, the red-hot Houston Rockets (10-3), looking to extend their current lengthy winning streak, are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers (5-8), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 11-18-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -6.5
Houston Rockets have a 10-3 record (6-7 against the spread) so far this season and are sitting in the second place of the West. They have seven consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Wolves with a 125-105 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 39.5 ppg, adding 5.6 boards and a team high 7.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 21 ppg, 6.8 dimes and 8 boards per game.
Portland Trail Blazers have a 5-8 record (6-6-1 against the spread) so far this season and are tied with two more teams in the 11th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Spurs with a 121-116 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 29.8 ppg, adding 4.8 boards and a team high 6.8 dimes per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21 ppg, 4.5 boards and 3.4 dimes per game.
In their three meetings last season the Blazers led the Rockets 2-1 wins and were 1-1 in Houston. Rockets are 5-1 at home, while the Blazers are 4-4 on the road. Rockets are better offensively, scoring 118.5 ppg to Blazers’ 112.8, while both teams are almost equal defensively, allowing 114.1 and 114.2 ppg. They also have almost identical field goal percentage (44.2% to 44%), while Blazers have a better 3-point percentage (35.6% to 33.8%). Rockets are better in dimes made (20.8 to 17.8), while Blazers are better in turnovers committed (14.2 to 14.8) and both teams grab exactly 46.5 boards per game. Bookmakers give the Rockets a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home victory.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets -6.5 (-111)
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