Western Conference basketball and we see the Houston Rockets take on the Portland Trailblazers. According to the Houston Rockets vs Portland Trailblazers 2016 Betting Odds at Bodog Basketball, the Trailblazers have been listed as 4.5 point favorites, while the total has been set at 222. Here is my Houston Rockets vs Portland Trailblazers 2016 Betting Odds and Prediction.
The Houston Rockets come into this game off a hard fought 117-114 OT to Utah on the road and they have now lost 4 of their last 5 games. This is not a team that is playing well at the moment and if the playoffs started today they would be out as they trail Utah by a half game for the 8th playoff spot in the West. The offense is what fuels this team and they are led by the 2nd leading scorer in the league in James Harden, who averages 28.3 ppg. The rockets check in at 5th in the league in scoring, putting up 105.4 ppg, but they are not a good shooting team as they have hit just 44.3% of their shots, which is 19th. Defense is where the problems arise for this team as they rank 28th in the league in points allowed, giving up 106.8 ppg, while allowing teams to connect on 46.3% of their shots, which is 25th in the league.
The Portland Trailblazers come into this game sizzling as they have won 6 games in a row and 11 of their last 12, which includes a 32 point home win over the Warriors a couple games back.No one saw this coming, especially with all they lost in the offseason, but here they are in 7th place in the Western Playoff standings. The key to their surge has been an offense that has exploded for 118.4 ppg in their last five games and 111.3 ppg in their last 12 games. That has now enabled them to climb to 8th in the league in scoring, putting up 103.5 ppg. They are a decent shooting team, hitting 45.0% (13th) of their shots overall, including 35.9% (8th) of their shots from long range. Defensively they have been rather average as they enter this game ranked 17th in the league in points allowed, giving up 102.2 ppg and 17th in defensive FG% (44.9%).
I will look at the Over in this game. The Over is 15-4 the last 10 games in the series and with the way Portland is scoring and the way the Rockets can score I see this one hitting the 230s. Portland has put up 118.4 ppg in their last five games, but they also have allowed 105.8 ppg over the same stretch, while the Rockets have allowed 110.4 ppg in their last five games. Both teams will push tempo, which means many more chances to score and score they will. Sit back and enjoy as this one will be fun.