Portland Trail Blazers vs Houston Rockets betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA game. Portland looks to finally win one on the road as they travel to Houston to take on the Rockets. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers are desperate for a road win, they are 0-6 right now after their latest 119-109 setback against the Phoenix Suns. It was their 5th loss in their last 7 overall, so facing a team like the Houston Rockets could do them well at this point in the season. Damian Lillard’s form keeps going up, which is good, but as a team the Blazers aren’t even close to the one we saw last season. If things don’t improve rapidly I think we will see them make drastic changes to their roster before the deadline. They are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games, on the road they haven’t covered the spread in 8 straight games.
Losing to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday wasn’t a good look for the Rockets as they now own the 2nd worst record in the NBA at 1-10, behind them are only the New Orleans Pelicans. There were some positives in that game, rookie guard Jalen Green had 23 points which will definitely benefit his development in the long run. Tonight though he faces a far more experience backcourt in Lillard and McCollum, something tells me he won’t come even close to that total. Despite the poor record Houston has been in some really close games this season, in fact they have covered the spread in 5 of their 11 games.
One record is going to have to end tonight – either Portland’s 0-6 start on the road this season or Houston’s 9-game losing streak. Going purely on experience and basketball knowledge the Blazers should be winning here, plus the Rockets have no incentive to win as they are just trying to develop their young core and get a high draft pick. Give me the Blazers and the points in this one.
Houston Rockets – Portland Trail Blazers Odds
Houston Rockets – Portland Trail Blazers Predictions
Blazers -6.0 Point spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
To say that the Blazers have been ineffective on defense this season would be the understatement of the year. They allow opponents to shoot 46.5% from the field, only 4 other teams are worse than they are in this category. In defensive efficiency they are only 23rd in the NBA, they also give up 109.2 points per game which is the 10th highest mark in the league. On the road that number jumps even further to 116.2 points. The one thing they’ve been good at though is scoring, we can expect plenty of that tonight. Houston gives up 111.3 points per game, only 6 teams are worse than that. As said earlier, Portland should take advantage of the experience in this one and light up the scoreboard. Let’s back the points.
Over 223.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365