Date/Time: 01-05-2019, 22:00 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers +0.5
The fourth and sixth best teams of the West are clashing tonight, when the fourth and streaky Houston Rockets, looking to extend their current lengthy winning streak, are visiting the sixth Portland Trail Blazers, who on the other hand want to return to the winning ways.
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Houston are led in scoring by James Harden with a league-best of 33.6 ppg. He also adds 5.9 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 8.6 per game, while Clint Capela follows with 17.3 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 12.7 per game. Eric Gordon adds 15.7 but he is out with an injury. Portland are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 26.6 ppg. He also adds 4.6 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 5.8 per game, while CJ McCollum follows with 20.8 ppg, adding 3.7 rebounds per game. Jusuf Nurkic adds 14.9 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 10.4 per game.
This will be the third meeting between those two teams this season with both of them being tied 1-1 wins. Portland are 14-7 at home, while Houston are 9-10 on the road. Portland have a better offense with 111.3 ppg to Houston’s 110.5, while Hpuston have a better defense, allowing 109 to Portland’s 110.5 ppg. Portland have a better accuracy both from the field (45.5% to 44.7%) and from behind the arc (35.5% to 35%). Houston on the other hand commit fewer turnovers (13.6 to 14.4), while Portland grab more rebounds per game (48.5 to 42.3) and they dish almost the same number of assists (21.4 to 21.3). Houston are the hottest team in the league right now and they will get away with the road win one way or another tonight.
Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Houston Rockets -0.5 (-111)