NBA Picks: Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Author: Mansi


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One of the most exciting Tuesday night encounters that are going to be played between the Houston Rockets, and Portland Trail Blazers is on the verge. The match is going to be played at The Arena, Disney World, Orlando, FL.

Key Aspects Of The Teams

The Houston Rockets team is in splendid form and would look to win this match as they are filled with much confidence after an impressive tie over the Milwaukee Bucks in their last match. The Bucks were considered as one of the strongest teams of the league, and to play a tie against them with so much ease tells the team's mindset. The Bucks also have the best record in the NBA. So, it was one of the best matches that the team played with so much ease. The Rocket team is in dream form and would look to win this encounter against the Trail Blazers.

Injury Concerns

Both teams have some major injury concerns and need to use their bench strength wisely to make sure all the other players can't get enough playtime. Although the teams would miss some of their key players, it would be not easy to find a ready substitute for that position. For the Rockets, Eric Gordon is out of ankle injury, and it would take long for him to recover, and there is a big question mark in the SG position. Bruno Caboclo is also out with an ankle injury, and it is a big worry for the team. Thabo Sefolosha will not play this match for personal reasons, and it is a significant loss for the team. Although the team is in perfect form and after playing the last match as a tie is boosting with confidence. 

As the Trail Blazers are concerned they would be missing some major players like Jaylen Adams, who is still recovering from his back injury. Caleb Swanigan and Trevor Ariza are out because of some personal problems, and them missing out this match would make it more difficult for the Trail Blazers to get over the line.

Betting Scenario

The predictions favor the Rockets as they are a team with more confidence and more points. They are going to be a fierce competitor for the Trail Blazers as they look to strengthen their spot in the top 4 of the league and play playoffs after taking some time off. Although some significant players are injured and were not available for many tough encounters, the team has fought well and could manage to keep their spot in the top 4. The combination play shown by the team makes them the favorites going for this match. 

As of the betting, the scenario is concerned the Rockets (-176) are the money line favorites over the Trail Blazers (+145). The one thing that would stand as a significant aspect to predict is Houston has won back to back games in the NBA bubble. The Blazers have also played some suitable matches but are still lacking that combination play and bench strength as some players have not recovered fully from injuries. The Line against the spread scenario also depicts the result in favor of the Rockets. The Rockets are considered a two basket favorite over the Portland team.

The recent form of Portland allows Rockets to be only a two basket favorite. The style of play of the Portland team is fast-paced, and this is one of the primary reasons for such less lead prediction for the Rockets. Also, for this reason, the TrailBlazer team has got stars in their lineup and can over-shoot the Rockets on any given night. The match is predicted to be a high scoring encounter as both the teams like to score more points and worry less about their back defense.

WHOM WOULD YOU BET?

The common point scenario also predicts the result in favor of the Rockets as the team scoring with an average of 136.5 points per game. However, the Trail Blazers are not too far behind and are having an average of 120 points. The defense remains a worry for the Trail Blazers as the team misses some stars in the back. Looking at all the aspects, the Houston Rockets have a clear cut lead over the Trail Blazers, but still, the match is going to be a high scoring encounter and can be any team game. 

FINAL PREDICTION- It is predicted by the bettors that Portland Trail Blazers might steal away the points from their opponent because they are in a thrilling form, thanks to the experience of their key player Damian Lillard.


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