In this high-caliber Western showdown, the second and the fifth best teams of the conference are clashing, when the Houston Rockets (28-11), are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers (22-18), with both teams playing without their star player and want to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 01-10-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -8
Rockets have a 28-11 record (18-20-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Bulls with a 116-107 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 32.3 ppg, adding 5 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Eric Gordon with 19.6 ppg, while Chris Paul adds 17.5 ppg and a team high 9.3 assists per game.
Blazers have a 22-18 record (19-17-4 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 5thplace of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Thunder with a 117-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 24.9 ppg, adding 4.8 rebounds and a team high 6.3 assists per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21.5 ppg, while Jusuf Nurkic adds 14.8 ppg and a team high 8 rebounds per game.
In their previous matchup earlier this season, Rockets won on the road with a 117-124 score. Rockets are 14-6 at home so far this season, while Blazers are 12-8 on the road. Rockets are better offensively, scoring a second-best 114.9 ppg to Blazers’ 103.2, while Blazers are better defensively, allowing 101.9 ppg to Rockets’ 107.1. Rockets have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.3% to Blazers’ 45%, while Blazers have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 37.4% to Rockets’ 36.5%. Blazers are better in rebounding, grabbing a third-best 44.8 to Rockets’ 43.9 and in turnovers committed (14.6 to 15.2), while Rockets are better in assists made, with 22.5 to Blazers’ league-low of 18.8. Rockets are the favorite for the win and Vegas odds give them a -8 spread but don’t expect them to beat it as Blazers will force a closer game than that.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers +8 (-110)
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