Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors
The Houston Rockets look to continue their strong play as they host the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. The Rockets are -9.5 point favorites over the Raptors with an over/under point total set at 190.
After their slow start to the season, the Rockets really picked things up heading to the All-Star break as they currently sit tied for fifth place in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Lakers with a 20-14 record. Houston has been particularly strong at home this season as they have won 14 of a possible 18 matches and come into tonight’s game riding a four game winning streak at the Toyota Center.
The same can’t be said for the Raptors who struggled through the first half of the season. Although it’s no surprise to anyone, Toronto has won only the 10 games to date and it hasn’t helped that their best player in Andrea Bargnani has missed most of the season so far. The Raptors come into tonight’s game off a home win over Detroit, but they have only won two of their last nine overall.
Head to head, the Raptors are 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Houston, while the home team is 7-0-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The Rockets are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Raptors on the other hand are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, but just 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games as a road underdog of 5.0-10.5.
The Rockets have quietly been one of the better teams in the league since their slow start as they have won 18 out of their last 25 games overall. It wasn’t bad enough that Toronto had only won two of their last nine overall, but seven of them were at home, just illustrating how much they struggled. Toronto can still be a dangerous team on any given night, but I’m playing it safe and going with the proven team here
Houston Rockets -9.5 Toronto Raptors