Portland vs. Houston Matchup
The Portland Trail Blazers are off to a great start, but they are only 1-3 on the road and they have dropped 2 straight.
Portland Trailblazers (7-3) at Houston Rockers (4-7)
When: 8 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2012
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Blazers vs. Rockets Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Blazers -2
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
On top of that they face a Houston squad that is 3-1 at home and Portland will probably be without C Marcus Camby, who leads the team in rebounds and is a defensive stud.
The Blazers only scored 83 in their last game losing to the Spurs and they were killed on the glass getting out-rebounded 50-36 and with Camby out LeMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace will have to step up and crash the boards.
Houston has not been kind to the Blazers, as they are 2-12 there since the 2003-2004 season.
One player the Blazers may have to worry about, big time, is 7′ C Samuel Dalembert, who is coming off a huge game where he scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.
With Marcus Camby out the frontcourt players will have to play good D on him and not allow him and leading scorer Luis Scola (16.5 ppg 5.7 rpg) to dominate the paint.
Houston’s Kevin Martin is battling with an illness and was only 5-15 in his last game even though the Rockets won.
There is a good chance the Blazers’ offense will play much better than they did against San Antonio, as Houston only ranks 24th in the league in opponents’ points allowed.
Portland committed 18 turnovers in the loss to the Spurs and on the road this season they have not taken care of the rock and must do so in this game.
Blazers vs Rockets Free Prediction
- This season the Blazers are 6-4-1 ATS and they have an O/U record of 5-6 and the Rockets are 6-5 ATS with an O/U record of 3-8.
- The Blazers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road favorite, and they have an Under record of 5-0 in their last 5 road games.
- The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog, and they have an Under record of 5-0 in their last 5 games.
- The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games between these 2 Western Conference teams.
Pick: The Blazers have not played well away from the Rose Center this season, but I am going to buck the trends and say they will win tonights NBA matchup.
They will suck it up on D and they have many scoring options and will be playing against a suspect Houston D.
Take Portland to win and cover in the Lone Star State tonight.