Check out our free Rockets vs Trail Blazers pick and preview for this NBA game in Portland. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Rockets vs Trail Blazers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers
- Where: Portland at Moda Center
- Date: Sunday, February 26th
- Betting Odds POR -10, HOU +371 | POR -495 O/U OFF
So far, the Rockets have put together an overall record of 13-46, while going 22-35-2 vs the spread. Houston will take the court having lost 8 straight games. The team has an average scoring margin of -16.62 in these matchups.
Not only did the Rockets drop their last game to the Warriors. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 116-101 as 9 point underdogs. Houston got off to a slow start, trailing by 17 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Kenyon Martin Jr., as he contributed 22 points while hitting 58.3% of his shots.
The Trail Blazers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 28-31. So far, the team has gone 30-29-0 against the spread. Against the Rockets, the Trail Blazers are looking to break out of a 2 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -21.0 points per contest.
Portland is trying to bounce back from a 133-116 loss to the Kings. Going into this game, the team was 10 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Portland was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 9. In the loss, Nassir Little led the team in scoring with 26 points on a field goal percentage of 52.6%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Trail Blazers picked up the 125-111 win over the Rockets. The Trail Blazers point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 4.5 point favorite. So far this season, the Trail Blazers have a record of 2-0 vs the Rockets. Similar to their season-long average, the Rockets averaged 110.5 points per game vs the Trail Blazers. Similar to the Rockets, the Trail Blazers scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Houston, the team averaged 108.25 points per game. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Trail Blazers hold the edge at 3-2. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just 1 points per game. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 2-3. Combined, they averaged 223 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 59 games, Houston is averaging 109.6 points per game (29th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Rockets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.1 per contest. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 30th in the league in field goal percentage 44.9%.
Defensively, Houston has had its problems giving up an average of 118.2 points per game (30th).
Without Jalen Green, Houston will need Alperen Sengün to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Portland today. This season, Green leads the team in scoring with 21.8 points per game. Sengün is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 14.9 points per game, which places him 90.0th in the NBA. In his 54 games, he has hit 55.5% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 8.8 rebounds per game.
The Trail Blazers come into today’s game as the 13th ranked scoring offense at 114.9 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.5 per contest. Even though the Trail Blazers are one of the more efficient 3-point shooting teams in the NBA at 37.5%, their slower-style of play may be holding back the team’s offense from fully taking off.
Against the Rockets, the Trail Blazers will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 27th in points allowed.
Personel figures to be a big issue for the Trail Blazers in today’s game, as both Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons are listed as out on the injury report. For the year, Lillard leads the team in scoring at 31.4 points per game, which ranks 3rd in the NBA. Not having Simons is also a big blow to the team, as he is averaging 21.4 points per game for Portland.
Rockets vs Trail Blazers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Rockets +10
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF