Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers
The Houston Rockets will look to bounce back in game two of the NBA playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers won game one, 122-120. The Rockets are -6 point favorites over the Trail Blazers with an over/under point total set at 214.5.
The Trail Blazers have now won six straight games dating back to the regular season and it’s a streak that pretty much began when LaMarcus Aldridge returned from injury. Speaking of Aldridge, the star power forward scored a career high 46 points in the game one victory. The Trail Blazers have now won 12 of their last 13 games when topping 100 points and are shooting 38.5 percent from three in their last five games. The Trail Blazers are also hitting 80.5 percent of their free throws on the road. The Portland Trail Blazers are 45-38 ATS overall and 26-16 ATS on the road.
In the game one loss, the Rockets blew a big fourth quarter lead, shot just 65 percent from the free throw line and 22.9 percent from three. It was an ugly loss for a Rockets team that had three starters score at least 24 points. The Rockets now fall to 1-4 SU in their last five games when allowing 100-plus points. James Harden is shooting just 36.3 percent from the field in his last four games, while the Rockets are allowing 108.2 points in their last five games. The Houston Rockets are 40-41-2 ATS overall and 22-18-2 ATS at home.
The Trail Blazers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Rockets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The road team is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings, while the underdog is 12-5-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
I’m going to take the over once again, as neither team is concerned much about the defensive side of the ball. The over is 8-0 in the last eight meetings between these two teams.