Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 5/1/2014
Friday, April 25, 10:30 PM
Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon
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The Houston Rockets lived to fight another day on Wednesday night when they were able to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-98 in Game 5 of their series to make it 3-2 Portland. The bench scoring was the story of the game in this one, with the Rockets' bench outscoring the Trail Blazers' bench 34-5 on the night.
Houston had the lead for most of the game and entered the fourth quarter up by five. After the Trail Blazers were able to cut the deficit down to two with a little over three minutes remaining in the game, the Rockets were able to finish them off by scoring 12 straight points to put the game out of reach.
Dwight Howard did his part for the Rockets yet again by scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the win. Omer Asik also had a double-double for Houston with 10 points and 15 boards on the night. Jeremy Lin came off the bench to make nine of his 15 field goal attempts and ended up with 21 points and four assists for the hosts.
Wesley Matthews finished with a game-high 27 points for the Blazers on 9-of-18 shooting. Point guard Damian Lillard finished with 26 points, seven assists, eight rebounds and four steals in the losing effort. Center Robin Lopez ended up with 17 points and eight rebounds for the road team.
Houston is 18-23-0 ATS on the road this season
Houston is 22-19-0 against the over/under on the road this season
Portland is 19-22-0 ATS at home this season
Portland is 22-18-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
02/20/14 G Ronnie Brewer Ankle out indefinitely
01/25/14 F Greg Smith Knee out indefinitely
No injuries to report at this time
Guy's Pick: Take Portland
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