Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 1/15/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Portland Trail Blazers (17-24) at Houston Rockets (26-13)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -8.5 -- Over/Under: 236
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers need a win after splitting their last six games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 111.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 113.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.7 points and 7.6 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.7 points and 4.2 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 14 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost six of their last nine road games.
The Houston Rockets look for another win after winning four of their last six games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 119.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 113.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 37.7 points and 7.5 assists while Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.6 points and seven assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 1.8 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won five straight home games.
The Trail Blazers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The under is 5-2 in Trail Blazers last 7 overall. The under is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings in Houston. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
I don't want to back the Portland Trail Blazers, easily the most disappointing team in the league this season, but I'm certainly not laying big chalk with the Rockets on the end of a back to back. Instead, I'll side with the over. The over is a strong trend when these teams meet in Houston, and the last meeting back in November produced a combined 240 points. Both the Trail Blazers and Rockets can get whatever they want offensively and they can be lackluster at best defensively for long stretches. Give me the over.