Two Western conference squads coming off opposite outcomes are clashing tonight. The perfect in the restart Rockets (42-24), are facing the Blazers (30-38). Portland currently hold the 9th place of the West which leads to the play-in tournament against the Grizzlies. The rest of the four teams are within 1 to 2½ game distance though.
Date/Time: 08-04-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers +4 Total: +244.5
Blazers have a 30-38 record (28-37-3 ATS) and are 9th in the West. In their last game they lost against the Celtics with a 124-128 score.
Damian Lillard with leads the team both in scoring 28.9 ppg and in assists made with 8. Jusuf Nurkic follows with 24 ppg, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
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Rockets have a 42-24 record (31-35 ATS) and are 4th in the West. They are 2-0 in the restart and in their last game they won against the Bucks, 120-116, easily covering the +5 spread.
James Harden leads the team both in scoring with 34.4 ppg and in assists made with 7.4. He also adds 6.4 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook follows with 27.6 ppg, 7 assists and a team high 8.1 rebounds.
Portland leads Houston 2-1 wins this season.
They have won at home by 13 points and on the road by 10.
Rockets have the best offense in the NBA (118.7 to 114.2). They are also better defensively (114.9 to 115.7).
Blazers have better percentages both in field goals (46.2% to 45.4%) and in 3-pointers (37.4% to 34.9%).
They are also better both in rebounding (45.3 to 44.8) and in turnovers committed (13 to 14.5).
Rockets dish more assists (21.6 to 20.5).
Bookmakers give the Rockets a -4 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They are coming off a huge win and they will build on that momentum for another one tonight.
Rockets vs Blazers Prediction: Houston Rockets -4 (-106)
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