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NBA Pick: Houston Rockets vs Portland Trailblazers

by Scott Burgess on Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

The Houston Rockets look to take advantage of a losing team to boost themselves higher in the Western Conference. A win tonight can put Houston into fifth place, ½ a game ahead of Phoenix. A Houston loss to Sacramento has oddsmakers on edge. SBG Global has the Rockets as 6 ½-point favs over the Blazers with the over/under set at 189. Get in on the action and get your NBA Pick in now at SBG Global.com

The Rockets have dropped two straight on the road. Their most recent loss was to Sacramento 98-99 as 2 ½-point road favs. Tracy McGrady had 32pts on the night and Louis Scala went 10 for 10 from the free throw line. The biggest story was their lack of defense. During their 22 game win streak they held their opponents field goal shooting to 40%, in their last eight their allowing 48% from the field. They are 3-5 SU in their last eight games. On defense in their last five they’ve given up an average 103 PPG, when they should be holding their opponents to a 4th ranked 92 PPG. The Rockets offense has averaged 100 PPG in their last five and they are 1-4 SU during their last five road games. Overall on the road they are 21-15 SU.

The Blazers have lost three straight after losing to the Lakers as 13 ½-point roaddogs. They’ve been without their top scorer Brandon Roy for three games, all which have been loses. Martell Webster and Travis Outlaw each had 23pts on the night and LaMarcus Alsridge pulled down 12 rebounds. The Blazers have averaged 91 PPG in their last five and at home they’re averaging 97 PPG. On defense they’ve allowed an average 97 PPG and on home court they give up an average 94 PPG. The Blazers are 3-2 SU at home and 25-11 SU on home court. They are 0-3 SU against Houston this year, one more loss means a sweep for Houston. They need to win four of their remaining seven games to finish with a winning record for the first time since 2002-03.

Recent Trends to Consider

  • Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
  • Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Rockets are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
  • Rockets are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
  • Underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
  • Trail Blazers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
  • Under is 6-0 in Rockets last 6 vs. NBA Northwest.
  • Under is 5-0 in Rockets last 5 games as a road favorite.
  • Under is 5-0 in Trail Blazers last 5 games as an underdog.
  • Under is 6-0 in Trail Blazers last 6 overall.

GAME: Houston Rockets (49-25) at Portland Trail Blazers (38-37)
DATE/TIME: Thursday, April 03 – 10:30 PM EST
LINE: SBG Global.com  TOTAL: 182
PICK: Portland + 6 ½

The Bottom Line: The Rockets WERE the best defending team in the league, but not anymore. Not to mention their losing ways. Portland is strong at home, even without Brandon Roy in the lineup. A 6 ½-point spread is a safe bet to make in favor of Portland.  Get in on the action and get your NBA Pick in now at SBG Global.com

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