The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets meet Friday in NBA action at the Toyota Center. The Portland Trail Blazers need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Houston Rockets look to snap a nine-game losing streak.
The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 110.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 23.7 points and 3.4 assists, while Damian Lillard is averaging 18.6 points and 4 rebounds. Norman Powell is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 12 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.4 rebounds per game.
The Houston Rockets are averaging 103.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Christian Wood is averaging 17.5 points and 11.8 rebounds, while Eric Gordon is averaging 13.8 points and 2 rebounds. Jalen Green is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Porter Jr. is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game.
The Trail Blazers are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Rockets are 15-38 ATS in their last 53 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The under is 7-3 in Trail Blazers last 10 overall. The over is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 overall. The under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Portland Trail Blazers are obviously the better team here and should be favored, but they’ve been awful against the number this season and not a team I’m eager to lay big numbers with. The Houston Rockets don’t win games, but they’re a young team that plays hard and has had success in the underdog role. The Trail Blazers just can’t get out of their own way. Give me the Rockets and the free points.