Two teams from opposing conferences sitting on the top-4 places of their respective conference table are clashing tonight, when the leaders of the West and red-hot Houston Rockets (11-3), are hosting the Toronto Raptors (7-5), who want to return to the winning ways after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 11-14-2017, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -6.5
Rockets have a 11-3 record (8-6 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with Golden State in the first place of the West. They have seven consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against Indiana with a 118-95 score, beating the odds easily. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 30.2 ppg, adding a team high 10.2 assists per game. He is followed by Eric Gordon with 22.9 ppg, while Clint Capela adds 13.3 ppg and a team high 11.5 rebounds per game. Chris Paul is still out due to an injury.
Raptors have a 7-5 record (6-6 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 4th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Boston with a 94-95 score but did not beat the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 24.7 ppg, while Kyle Lowry adds 13.4 ppg and a team high 6.6 assists per game. Serge Ibaka adds 13.3 ppg and 5.6 rebounds.
In their two meetings last season, each team managed to win on the road. Rockets are 4-2 at home this season, while Raptors are 3-4 on the road. Rockets are better both offensively, scoring a third-best 111.1 ppg to Raptors’ 108.8, and defensively, allowing 102.9 ppg to Raptors’ 104.3. Raptors have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 47% to Rockets’ 45.8%, while Rockets have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 34.2% to Raptors’ 33.5%. Rockets are better in rebounding, grabbing 44.2 to Raptors’ 41.4, while Raptors are better in turnovers committed (14.7 to 16.6) and both teams are very close in assists made (22 and 21.8). Rockets are extremely hot right now and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds easily at home today.
Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets -6.5 (-111)
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