NBA Betting – Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets

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Just last season the Portland Trail Blazers won 53 games and reached the Western Conference final. They are currently on pace to win 33 games and miss the postseason for the first time in seven years. There still is plenty of basketball left with the Blazers hitting the midway point and snatching a victory last time out. But the West is stacked and the Houston Rockets are one of the teams at the top of the standings. Led by NBA scoring leader James Harden, Houston is one of five times within three games of each other in the congested West race and look to get back in the win column after dropping Tuesday’s game in Memphis.  Find Live Odds Here

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Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 9:30 p.m. ET

Location: Toyota Center, Houston, TX

Opening NBA Odds: Houston -9.5, O/U 236

Trail Blazers at Rockets TV Coverage: ESPN

Odds Analysis

The season hasn’t quite been what the Blazers expected. They temporarily stopped the bleeding with Monday’s 115-112 win over Charlotte, but they failed to cover as a 9-point home favorite for their third straight ATS loss. They are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 and have been one of the worst bets in the NBA with a 15-24-2 ATS record. Coming off a loss to Memphis, their second in three games, the Rockets return home where they’ve won five straight and are 14-4 SU and 10-8 ATS. Houston posted a 132-108 win and cover in the first meeting getting 36 points from Harden.

Portland Trail Blazers

They are only 2.0 games behind Memphis for the eighth spot in the West standings but it seems like a lot more. We’re used to seeing Portland at the top of the standings rather than fighting to make the playoffs. And at this point in the season it’s going to be a struggle to qualify for the postseason. The biggest issue with the Blazers this season has been there play at home where they are just 9-10. They stopped a four-game home losing streak last time out beating Charlotte 115-112, hopefully injecting them with a confidence boost for the start of a three-game roadie.

It was the usual recipe that led Portland to victory on Monday. Damian Lillard tossed in 30 points and CJ McCollum added 27. The starting backcourt has again been stellar with the duo combining to average 48.7 points per game. They haven’t received much help, though. Things got so bad that the Blazers reached out to Carmelo Anthony for help. In 26 games since joining the club, Anthony is scoring 16.3 points per game while averaging 32 minutes a night.

It’s easy to see why the Blazers have struggled this season. The defense has not been good, especially in the block. The loss of Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins took away the best post players. Hassan Whiteside has performed well in his first season with the club, but he’s a liability when on the floor for too long. Portland gives up 113.8 points per game while opponent’s hit on nearly 45 percent of their field goals. The Blazers have lost 10 of their last 14 road games with troubling setbacks to Cleveland, New York, New Orleans and Minnesota included.

Houston Rockets

Just like other contenders around the league, Mike D’Antonio knows sacrificing a game at this time of year to rest his key players will be beneficial in the long run. Sure, they lost at Memphis on Tuesday, but the Rockets played without Russell Westbrook in the first game of a back-to-back. Without Russ, and Harden having another awful shooting night the result was to be expected. The Rockets lost for the second time in three games.

Following the loss in Memphis that ended a stretch of three road games in the last four, the Rockets open a huge four-game homestand with the Lakers, Oklahoma City and Denver up next. This looks like it should be the easiest one of the bunch, though there are no easy outs in the NBA. Houston has won five in a row at Toyota Center with each of the last four by double digits. They also blew the doors off Portland back in November, 132-108.

Westbrook and Harden will be on the floor Wednesday night and that’s bad for the Blazers. In that first meeting Harden, who averages 37.7 points per game, tallied 36 and Russ had a triple-double with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Defensively, the Rockets kept Lillard in check holding him to 13 points on 4 of 15 shooting.

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When playing at home following a loss the Rockets are 6-1 and they’ve outscored their last three opponents in such games by 66 points. Houston will have a full roster with Westbrook playing and Eric Gordon working his way into shape after a lengthy absence. And you can’t expect Harden to shoot as poorly as he did against the Griz. Houston is 0-3 SU and ATS in the second of its last three back-to-backs, but they break that spell against Portland.

NBA Score Prediction: Houston 115, Portland 103

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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