Thursday, February 25, 2016
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The Houston Rockets travel to Moda Center to play the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, February 25, 2016. The opening line for this game has Portland as 4.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 223.
The Rockets come into this game with an overall record of 28-29 and a road record of 12-16. They are 4th in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.5 as they are averaging 105.4 points per game while giving up 106.8 per contest. Houston is 6-6 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 20-18. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Trail Blazers have an overall record of 30-27 and a home record of 19-11. They currently are 2nd in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 103.5 points per game and surrendering 102.2, good for a point differential of 1.3. Portland has a division record of 9-3 and a conference record of 23-15. In their last 10 games they are 9-1.
James Harden comes into this contest averaging 28.3 points per game while playing 37.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Rockets. He pulls down 6.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 87%. Dwight Howard averages 14.5 points per game in 32.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 12 rebounds per game for Houston. His field goal percentage is 61% for the year while his free throw percentage is 53%.
Damian Lillard averages 25.1 points per game while playing 36 minutes per contest this year for the Trail Blazers. He grabs 4.2 rebounds per game and has 7.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 86%. C.J. McCollum averages 21.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.6 rebounds per contest and 4.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Houston averages 105.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.5 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 19th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 17th in the league. They average 52.8 rebounds per game and 21.5 assists per game which ranks them 10th and 17th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 27th with 16.2 per game. The Rockets allow 106.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 25th and 21st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 53.8 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 24.5 assists per contest which puts them in 30th place in the league. They force 16.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 5th in the league.
Portland averages 103.5 points per game this year which ranks them 8th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 1.3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 13th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 8th in the NBA. They average 54.4 rebounds per game and 21.5 assists per contest which ranks them 6th and 18th respectively. In the turnover department the Trail Blazers rank 18th with 14.7 per game. The Trail Blazers allow 102.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 17th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 18th and 22nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 51.8 rebounds a game which ranks 13th and they give up 21.1 assists per contest which puts them in 10th place in the league. The Trail Blazers force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 26th in the NBA.
The Rockets average 106.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 111 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -2.5 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 0 per contest. The Rockets have an offensive rating of 107.1 and a defensive rating of 108.6. In terms of pace they average 97.3 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 38% of their shots. Houston turns the ball over an average of 14.5 times per 100 possessions and they force 14.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Trail Blazers score 106.9 ppg at home and they have averaged 121.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 14.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 4.9 points per game. The Trail Blazers rating on offense is 108 and they have a defensive rating of 106.6. They get 95.3 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 51%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 33% of their shot attempts. Portland turns the ball over on 13.4 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.4 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 25-32-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 33-22-2 against the over/under
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Trail Blazers are 32-25-0 against the spread
The Portland Trail Blazers are 31-25-1 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Injuries
02/19/16 F Donatas Motiejunas Back out indefinitely
Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Tony's Pick: Take Houston
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