Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors Picks, Predictions and Betting Tips
Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors Picks, Predictions and Betting Tips. An inform Rockets play at home tonight against the Raptors who just lost out to the Celtics by one point two nights back. The Western Conference leaders have been terrific so far this season, key man James Harden is once again showing the way. Find out all our prediction below!
Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors Predictions
Reason for Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors Betting tips
Toronto had won two games in a row against New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls before falling short to the inform Celtics two nights back. Toronto led at various points throughout the match but could not see out the match, eventually falling to a one point loss. The Toronto based side was out rebounded on the night 46/36 and threw away the ball a disappointing 17 times. These are two areas of the game they must improve on tonight against a strong Rockets side.
Toronto’s star player DeMar DeRozan lead the Raptors roster with 24 points against the Celtics, tonight he will most likely have to improve that total if the Raptors are to get a win out of this game.
The Raptors are currently averaging 108 points a game while the Rockets are averaging 111. Both franchises are high scoring teams currently ranked 7th and 3rd respectively in the NBA this season. With both teams having a rest day yesterday I expect a high intensity game and with the caliber of players on the court I’m picking the line to be over 219.0 total points.
The Houston Rockets were successful in their attempt at a sixth straight win against the Indiana Pacers. The Houston based side are strong in the rebound area of the game. Against the Pacers they won the rebound battle 47-41 and those 6 extra rebounds can be the difference from winning or losing a game. James Harden was again the star player for the Rockets with 26 points and 15 assists.
Key Battle – James Harden vs Kyle Lowry the two skillful point guards go head to head tonight. The game will be decided by which point guard has the greater effect on the match. Lowry will have to give everything he has to keep Harden from having another big night. Offensively expect Lowry to try and match everything Harden does. The winner of this game will likely depend on Lowry’s performance
The Raptors managed a win away in Houston last season by 13 points and will be looking to give a similar performance of that night last season. This side has the capability to perform well against good teams, they are a team who can get up for a big occasion.
Prediction – The momentum shifts between the two sides throughout the match. The Raptors will have learnt from not being able to close out the game against the Celtics. I am expecting a close win for the Raptors in a game with over 220 points in total.
Houston Rockets Team News
Chris Paul and Nene Hilario will both miss tonight’s clash.
Toronto Raptors Team News
Norman Powell and Malcolm Miller should both feature. However, they are game time decisions.