Rockets vs. Blazers Prediction ATS

by | Mar 26, 2022 | nba

Houston Rockets (19-55 SU, 30-43-1 ATS) vs. Portland Blazers (27-46 SU, 29-43-1 ATS)

When: Saturday March 26 2022, 10:00 PM (ET)

Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon

TV: ATTSN-SW

Point Spread: HOU -4.5/POR +4.5 (Opened HOU -3.5 at Bovada - Check out their live betting platform! It’s off the rails awesome!)

Total: 232.5 (Opened at 232.5)

Money Line: Houston -186/Portland 154

Power Rating: HOU -5

Probable Starting Lineups

Houston Rockets PG Kevin Porter, SG Jalen Green, SF Garrison Mathews, PF Jae’Sean Tate, C Christian Wood

Portland Blazers PG Kris Dunn, SG Josh Hart Q, SF Justise Winslow Q, PF Trendon Watford, C Drew Eubanks

Key Injuries

Houston Rockets
John Wall: Holdout (OUT)

Portland Blazers
Josh Hart: Knee (QUESTIONABLE)
Justise Winslow: Calf (QUESTIONABLE)
Jusuf Nurkic: Foot (OUT)
Anfernee Simons: Knee (OUT)
Damian Lillard: Abdominal (OUT)
Joe Ingles: Knee (OUT)
Eric Bledsoe: Achilles (OUT)
Didi Louzada: Knee (OUT)
Nassir Little: Shoulder (OUT)

The Portland Blazers host the Houston Rockets in a Western-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 10:00 PM ET at the Moda Center.

Recent Form

The Houston Rockets come into this game with an overall record of 19-55, placing them 15th in the Western Conference. Throughout the season, Houston has struggled in their 38 road contests, sitting at 8-30. Over the Rockets’ last five games, they have picked up just 2 wins. In this stretch, Houston’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 109.0 points per game. Combined, the Rockets’ last five opponents are giving up 111.0 points per contest. Even though Houston has struggled of late, they have shown improvements on the defensive end of the court, giving up just 111.0 points per game over their last five contests. This number is down from their season average of 117.9. In the Houston Rockets’ most recent game, Houston took down Portland by a score of 125-106.

The Portland Blazers come into this game with an overall record of 27-46, placing them 12nd in the Western Conference. Throughout the season, Portland has struggled in their 37 home contests, sitting at 17-20. Over the Trail Blazers’ last five games, they have picked up just 1 win. In this stretch, Portland’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 108.0 points per game. Combined, the Trail Blazers’ last five opponents are giving up 114.0 points per contest. A key reason for the Trail Blazers’ recent struggles is a defensive unit giving up 126.0 points over their last five contests. This figure is up from their season average of 114.6. In the Portland Blazers’ most recent game, the team fell to Houston by a score of 125-106.

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Individual Player Analysis

As Houston travels to take on the Portland Blazers, the Rockets’ leading scorer is Christian Wood. Through 68 games, Wood is averaging 18 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 50.0% of his games. So far, the Blazers are allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 46.43% of their games, placing them 13rd among NBA defenses. On the other side, Portland has had trouble finding a consistent scorer due to roster turnover and injuries. However, given that Houston’s defense has struggled to slow down their opponent’s top scorers, someone on the Blazers has an opportunity to step up for a big performance. So far, the Rockets have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 52.31% of their games, giving them a rank of 21st among NBA defenses.

Matchup Analysis

Heading into this matchup, the Portland Blazers are the more efficient team on both ends of the court. This scenario has yet to take place. So far, the Houston Rockets have played 33 games as the inferior offensive and defensive unit. In these instances, they have lost 33 times, by an average margin of -16.0 points.

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Houston Rockets and Portland Blazers have met up for 3 games. In their last meeting, Houston picked up a 125-106 win.

How the Public is Betting the Rockets vs Blazers

67% are betting the Rockets against the spread.

52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 232.5

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.
  • Rockets are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games as a road favorite.
  • Trail Blazers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
  • Trail Blazers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

Tonight’s matchup between the Blazers and Rockets features two of the worst team’s in the Western Conference. But, even though Houston has the worse record, they come into the game as 4.5 point favorites. A key reason for this is that Portland once again has a lengthy injury report. Look for the Rockets to pick up the win and cover the spread, as they have had no trouble scoring the ball, rather they struggle on defense. Given the Blazers’ injury situation, they don’t have the firepower to take advantage of a weak defensive unit. Bet your Saturday NBA picks for FREE by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $300 at MyBookie Sportsbook when you use bonus code PREDICT100 during the registration process!

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