The Portland Trail Blazers (20-28) open a four-game road trip Friday when they take on the Houston Rockets (14-34). Tip-off is 8 p.m. ET at Toyota Center. Below, we look at the Trail Blazers vs. Rockets odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Blazers are 6-15 on the road this season and have lost their last two games, both at home, but went 4-2 on their previous road trip. They are coming off a 132-112 loss to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday.
The Rockets have lost two straight games, including a 134-104 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday to open a four-game homestand. They lost their first meeting with the Blazers 104-92 at home in November.
Trail Blazers at Rockets odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Trail Blazers -135 (bet $135 to win $100) | Rockets +110 (bet $100 to win $110)
Against the spread (ATS): Trail Blazers -2.5 (-107) | Rockets +2.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 232.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)
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Trail Blazers at Rockets key injuries
F Robert Covington (knee) questionable
F CJ Elleby (hamstring) doubtful
G Damian Lillard (core) out
F Nassir Little (knee) out
G Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle, knee) questionable
F Larry Nance Jr. (knee) out
C Cody Zeller (knee) out
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Trail Blazers at Rockets odds, lines, picks and predictions
Rockets 109, Trail Blazers 104
The Blazers have been fantastic lately away from home, winning four of their last six road games. That is four of their six total road wins this season. Is it sustainable?
The Rockets, meanwhile, have dropped eight straight on their home court and have the second-fewest home wins in the league this season. Houston is, though, the healthier team.
As bad as Portland has been on the road most of the season, I don’t trust their current run to be sustainable.
Take the underdog ROCKETS (+110).
Against the spread
Neither covered the spread in their last game, but both teams are performing well as of late against the spread.
The Blazers covered the spread in three straight and in seven of nine before taking an ATS loss last time out.
The Rockets covered the spread in three straight and in four of five before their ATS loss.
However, as I anticipate the Rockets getting the outright win, take the ROCKETS +2.5 (-115).
This line seems super high. These teams combined for only 196 points in their November meeting.
Only one of the Trail Blazers’ last seven games surpassed tonight’s projected total.
Three of the Rockets’ last seven have had totals higher than tonight’s projection.
Take UNDER 232.5 (-115).
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