Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets - 10/8/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets - 10/8/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (2-0) vs. Toronto Raptors (0-0)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6:00 AM (Saitama Super Arena)

The Line: Toronto Raptors +5 -- Over/Under: 230.5

TV: NBATV

The Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in NBA preseason action at the Saitama Super Arena.

The Houston Rockets look for another win after a 2-0 preseason start. The Houston Rockets are averaging 83.5 points on 35.9 percent shooting and allowing 79.5 points on 44 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 23.5 points and 12 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. Chris Clemons is the third double-digit scorer and Ben McLemore is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 29.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 27.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 59.5 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won each of their last five preseason games.

The Toronto Raptors will play their first game since becoming NBA Champions, but their roster obviously looks a lot different. With no Kawhi Leonard, there’s now pressure on young rising stars such as OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam to take their games to the next level. We should also see a lot of Cameron Payne and Patrick McCaw this preseason, guys who are still young and have potential to provide the key depth that made the Raptors so dangerous just last season. These should be fun exhibition games for the defending champions. Kyle Lowry is questionable with a thumb injury. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last seven preseason games.

The under is 5-1 in Rockets last 6 road games and the over is 3-1-1 in Rockets last 5 overall. The Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Rockets are 4-12 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Toronto and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

You have to really like the Houston Rockets in this game because of the offense they play and the up-tempo, which is sure to give a Raptors team that has yet to play a preseason game fits. Through two preseason games, the Rockets have gotten whatever they want offensively and aren't going to shoot under 30 percent from three much longer. The speed of both teams is going to be a lot different with one team having games under its belt and the other team practicing and scrimmaging up to this point. Give me the Rockets and small chalk. 

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Randy’s Pick Houston Rockets -5

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