Trail Blazers vs Rockets Prediction NBA Picks 1/24/24

Houston Rockets (20-22) vs Portland Trail Blazers (12-30)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

Betting Odds: Houston Rockets -10.5 -- Over/Under: 221 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Houston Rockets play host to the Portland Trail Blazers at the Toyota Center on Wednesday night. Here’s a Rockets vs Trail Blazers Prediction.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers have been in a real slump as they've lost nine of their last 12 games overall and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling just short to the Thunder in a 111-109 road loss last night. Scoot Henderson led the team with 19 points and seven assists off the bench, Malcolm Brogdon and Jerami Grant each scored 18 points while Anfernee Simons chipped in with 17 points and five assists. As a team, the Trail Blazers shot 43 percent from the field and 18 of 39 from the 3-point line as they worked hard to claw their way back from an early 13-point deficit, only to get stunned right at the end as the Thunder's Jalen Williams drained the game-winner with just 2.1 seconds left on the clock.

Portland Trail Blazers Player Facts

  • Anfernee Simons ranks 5th in the Western Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (89.2%) this season.
  • Malcolm Brogdon ranks 18th amongst qualified players for 3P% (42.2%) this season.

Houston Rockets

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been in a slump as they've lost six of their last eight games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back here after falling short to the Celtics in a 116-107 loss on Sunday. Dillon Brooks led the team with 25 points, Alperen Sengun tallied a triple-double of 24 points with 12 rebounds and 10 assists while Jalen Green chipped in with 16 points and five assists. As a team, the Rockets shot 43 percent from the field and 10 of 35 from the 3-point line, but they were poor on defense in the early going and were always fighting an uphill battle after allowing 70 points in the first half. The Rockets will take on the Hornets after this game.

Houston Rockets Player Facts

  • Fred VanVleet ranks 4th amongst qualified players for assist:turnover ratio (5.3) this season.
  • Alperen Sengun ranks 4th amongst qualified Centers for assists per game (5.0) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Rockets rank 2nd in the league for opponent three-point percentage this season (34.3%).
  • The Rockets rank 2nd in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (75.3%).
  • The Trail Blazers rank 30th in the league for points per game this season (107.6).
  • The Trail Blazers rank 30th in the league for assists per game this season (22.3).

Rockets vs Trail Blazers Prediction

The Trail Blazers are still missing Shaedon Sharpe, while the Rockets are keeping eyes on Reggie Bullock Jr and Jalen Green who are both listed as questionable. The Trail Blazers haven't been able to get anything going for a while now and they might still be hurting from their painful loss to the Thunder last night, while the Rockets should be well-rested as they haven't played since Sunday. You couldn't back either team with any confidence these days, but the Rockets need a win to get their season back on track and I think they get that in this spot.

 

Peter’s Pick Houston -10.5

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