Portland Blazers vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 1/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Houston Rockets
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+2.5)
The Houston Rockets (7-9) play the Portland Blazers (9-7) at Toyota Center on Thursday. Portland opens this contest as 2.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 223.
The Portland Blazers faced off with the Oklahoma City Thunder and went home with a loss by a final score of 125-122 in their last game. Portland wrapped up the game having earned a 46.9% field goal percentage (46 of 98) and made 14 of 41 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Blazers made 16 of 21 attempts for a rate of 76.2%. When it comes to rebounding, they compiled 50 with 15 of them being offensive. They also dished out 17 assists for the matchup as well as having 6 steals and 3 blocks. In relation to the defense, Portland allowed the other team to go 51.2% from the field on 43 out of 84 shooting. Oklahoma City recorded 25 assists and had 5 steals for the game. Moreover, the Thunder totaled 43 rebounds (9 offensive, 34 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Oklahoma City shot 60.0% at the charity stripe by making 21 of 35 shots. They buried 18 out of their 40 shots from distance.
Damian Lillard is one guy who was a contributor in the matchup. He had 26 points on 8 out of 22 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38:35 minutes and also collected 6 boards. Lillard walked away from this one shooting 36.4% from the floor and also totaled 10 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Blazers was Anfernee Simons. He totaled 2 boards and earned 2 dimes. He finished the game at 58.8% from the field for the matchup by hitting 10-of-17 (26 points). When the final whistle blew, Simons was on the court for 29:23 min.
Portland will play this game with a record of 9-7 for the year. They are averaging 115.4 pts per contest (5th in the NBA) while connecting on 44.2% from the floor. The Blazers are shooting 37.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (253 of 680) and 81.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, Portland is pulling down 43.9 boards per game and has totaled 340 assists so far this year, which is 29th in basketball in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 11.6 times per game and as a group are committing 20.3 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Blazers are able to force 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.9 fouls. The Blazers defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.2% (217 of 318) and they surrender 47.1 boards per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 14th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 408 conceded this season. They are giving up 37.0% on 3-point attempts and they are 26th in the NBA in points per game allowed (116.3).
For their last game, the Houston Rockets got the win with a final of 107-88 when they played the Washington Wizards. The Rockets recorded 36 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 44 for the matchup. They blocked 4 attempts while getting 13 steals for this game. The Wizards were called for 22 fouls for this game which took the Rockets to the free throw line for 29 attempts. They were able to convert 21 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 72.4%. When talking about shots from downtown, Houston made 12 of their 37 tries (32.4%). At the conclusion of this game, the Rockets ended up going 37 for 88 from the floor which had them shooting 42.0%. The Rockets allowed the Wizards to make 33 of their 84 tries from the floor which had them shooting 39.3% in the matchup. They shot 19.2% from three-point range by going 5 of 26 and ended up shooting 17 out of 23 at the free throw line (73.9%). When it comes to rebounding, Houston allowed Washington to grab 49 in all (11 offensive).
John Wall ended up being a major contributor for the Rockets for the matchup. He knocked down 9 of 21 for the game for a field goal percentage of 42.9%, which had him sitting at 24 points. Wall collected 2 rebounds in his 24:03 minutes of playing time and had 5 dimes for this contest. Someone else that was important for Houston was Victor Oladipo. He racked up 20 points in 36:59 minutes on the hardwood by way of 7 of 21 shooting for this contest. Oladipo ended the game having shot 33.3% from the floor while earning 2 assists and 5 total rebounds.
Houston has a win-loss mark of 7-9 on the campaign. On the offensive side of the ball, the Rockets are shooting 45.8% from the floor, which ranks 16th in the NBA. Houston has 1,768 pts so far this year (110.5 per contest) and they grab 43.9 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 22.7 times per game (24th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.8 times per contest. The Rockets are responsible for committing 20.7 fouls per contest and they hit 74.6% from the charity stripe. The Rockets are ranked 13th in the NBA in points given up per game with 109.9. They allow 22.0 dimes and 47.2 total boards per game, which has them ranked 1st and 27th in the NBA. The Houston defense surrenders 35.0% on shots from 3-point land (177 of 506) and their opponents are connecting on 75.0% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 15.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.0% from the field (7th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Portland (+2.5)
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