Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers - 8/4/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Houston Rockets (42-24) at Portland Trail Blazers (30-38)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 9:00 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 243.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers meet Tuesday in NBA action at the
The Houston Rockets look for another victory after a strong 2-0 start in the NBA bubble. The Houston Rockets are averaging 118.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 114.9 points on 46.2 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 34.4 points and 7.4 assists while Russell Westbrook is averaging 27.6 points and seven assists. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing eight rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game.
The Portland Trail Blazers need a victory here to improve their playoff chances in a competitive Western Conference. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 114.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 115.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 28.9 points and eight assists while Jusuf Nurkic is averaging 24 points and nine rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 13.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.
The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Tuesday games. The under is 7-3 in Rockets last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 19-7 in Trail Blazers last 26 overall. The Rockets are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Portland and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Portland Trail Blazers have won four of the last six meetings against the Rockets and they're the more desperate team in this contest. However, the Trail Blazers have been horrible defensively through two games and could easily be 0-2 in the bubble. That's not what you want to see when going up against a rested Rockets squad that has Westbrook and Harden cooking, while the rest of the roster shoots a million threes. If the Portland Trail Blazers don't fix things defensively this game will get ugly quickly.
I'll lay the chalk with the Rockets.