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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets ATS Pick

Time: 9:30 PM EST Sunday April 20, 2014, TNT

Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

The Houston Rockets host the Portland Trail Blazers in a Western Conference playoff game.

In their last games: The Blazers beat the L.A. Clippers 110-104 and the Rockets lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 105-100.

In their win over the Clippers the Blazers outscored L.A. by 9 points in the 4th quarter and for the game and while they did not have a great overall shooting night they hit 10 of their 26 3-pointers and grabbed 24 offensive rebounds.

In their loss to the Pelicans the Rockets did not have a great shooting night and they allowed New Orleans to shoot 52.4% from the floor.

The Rockets won 3 of 4 games against the Blazers this season with the most recent being a 118-113 win in Houston.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

This season the Rockets ranked 2nd in the league in scoring and the Blazers ranked 4th.

The Blazers ended the season on fire winning 5 straight and 9 of their last 10 games and the Rockets were 5-5 in their last 10 games.

In the last 7 games between these 2 teams the total went over every time.

The Rockets are 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 games between these 2 teams.

The underdog is 11-5-1 ATS in the last 17 games between these 2 teams.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Houston -5
Total Line: 215.5
Money Line: Blazers +180 / Rockets -220

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Portland Trail Blazers: 54-28 SU 44-38 ATS
Houston Rockets: 54-28 SU 40-40-2 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• PORT is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
• PORT is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• PORT has an Over record of 7-0 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• HOU is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• HOU is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• HOU has an Over record of 12-2 in their last 14 home games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Portland Trail Blazers: 94.02
Houston Rockets: 94.81

Key Player Injuries

No injuries to report at this time.


[G] 04/17/2014 – James Harden Questionable Sunday against Portland ( Ankle )

Against The Spread Pick:

The Trail Blazers have won 9 of 10 since LaMarcus Aldridge returned from missing 7 games although he did sit in the season finally win over the Clippers. . The 10-game stretch was impressive when you consider that 6 of the games were against playoff teams with Portland winning 5 of the 6. The Rockets did win 3 of the 4 games in this matchup this season, but needed overtime to get the win in the latest at the Toyota Center. The Rockets are tough at home so this won’t be easy, but look for Game 1 to not be decided until the final buzzer.
Take the Portland Trail Blazers +5.

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