Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets, Thursday, NBA Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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7-5, 1st in Northwest Division November 17, 8:00 PM | Toyota Center 6-5, 2nd in Southwest Division

When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, November 17, 2016
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
TV: 8 p.m. ET, CSN Northwest (Portland), ROOT (Houston)

Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
portland-trail-blazersPortland Trail Blazers +4 -105 +165 221 -110
houston-rocketsHouston Rockets -4 -115 -185 221 -110
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The Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Toyota Center.

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (7-5): Festus Ezeli is experiencing more issues with his left knee, and coach Terry Stotts said the injured center is seeking a second opinion. Ezeli was signed as a free agent in the offseason and underwent surgery in August but hasn’t recovered enough to play. He did participate in part of a practice in mid-October, but his knee swelled up afterward and there is a high amount of concern regarding its long-term stability.

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (6-5): Shooting guard Eric Gordon was just 5-of-20 for 13 points on Wednesday in his second contest since being reinserted into the starting lineup. Gordon has reached the 20-point mark just twice this season, but coach Mike D’Antoni – who once coached him with USA Basketball – is optimistic Gordon can regain the form he displayed earlier in his career prior to a knee injury. “He was one of the best players there,” D’Antoni told reporters. “If he stays healthy, he’s 27 years old, there is no reason why he can’t be one of the better players in the league.”

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Rockets listed as 4-point favorites versus the Trail Blazers, while the game’s total is sitting at 221.

Houston Rockets star James Harden doesn’t experience very many low-productive nights, and that could be bad news for the Portland Trail Blazers. Harden is coming off a season-low 13 points and will aim to regain his high-scoring form when the Rockets host the Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Harden, who is averaging 28.7 points, hadn’t scored fewer than 24 this season before struggling through a 4-of-16 outing in Wednesday’s 105-103 loss to Oklahoma City. “I still wasn’t able to make a couple of passes,” Harden told reporters afterward. “I missed shots. Normal game, just didn’t make shots, especially down the stretch when we needed to. That was it.” Portland is looking to rebound after a horrifying showing in a 113-88 home loss to Chicago on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers are embarking on a five-game road trip that ends Nov. 25 in Cleveland.

In their last action, Houston was a 105-103 loser on the road against the Thunder. They covered the +2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (208) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Portland was a 113-88 loser in its last match at home against the Bulls. They failed to cover the -4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 201 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

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Portland:
Team record: 7-5 SU,4-8 ATS
Portland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Portland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Portland’s last 19 games

Houston:
Team record: 6-5 SU,7-4 ATS
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games
Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Portland at New Orleans Friday, November 18
Houston home to Utah Saturday, November 19

HOOPS NEWS
1. The Trail Blazers have won four of the last six meetings.

2. Houston G Patrick Beverley (knee) is slated to make his season debut.

3. Portland PF Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) will sit out his fifth consecutive game and may miss the entire road trip.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Portland Trail Blazers will cover the spread at +4 and the game will stay under 221 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Rockets 112, Trail Blazers 109 at bovada-logo-top-book.betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
POR TEAM HOU
107.0 PTS FOR 107.4
111.3 PTS AGNST 104.8
-4.3 DIFF. 2.5
33.4 DEF REBOUNDS 32.8
8.4 OFF REBOUNDS 11.4
44.4 FG% 46.2
78.5 FT% 73.3
10.8 3 POINTERS 13.6
7.3 STEALS 7.4
INJURIES
PORTLAND
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
HOUSTON
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
PORTLAND
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Portland’s last 19 games
Portland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Portland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Portland is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Portland’s last 20 games when playing Houston
Portland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Portland is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Portland’s last 10 games when playing on the road against Houston
HOUSTON
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games at home
Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Houston’s last 20 games when playing Portland
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Portland
Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Portland
Houston is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Portland
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston’s last 10 games when playing at home against Portland
Houston is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games when playing at home against Portland
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Portland’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 107.0 10 104.8 18
Portland’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense 103.0 13 95.3 4
Portland’s Road Rebounds vs Houston’s Home Rebounds Allowed 44.8 9 38.3 1
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Portland’s Overall Defense 107.4 9 111.3 29
Houston’s Home Scoring vs Portland’s Road Defense 102.7 22 106.2 18
Houston’s Home Rebounds vs Portland’s Road Rebounds Allowed 49.3 4 52.6 30
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
PORTLAND
Portland has given up the second most points in the league at 111.3 per game.
Portland has the worst rebounds allowed in the league 50.2.
HOUSTON
Houston leads the league in three points made with 13.6 per game.
Houston allows the third highest free throw percentage at 80.9% per game.
Houston is second in rebounds allowed in the league at 40.0.

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