Expect Red Hot Rockets To Get Revenge In Toronto

Charles Stark

Sunday, January 8, 2017 2:05 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 2:05 PM UTC

Back in November the Raptors came to Houston and beat the Rockets by double digits. Today Houston gets a chance of revenge. The Raptors are coming off a game just last night in Chicago, will that affect them today?

Houston Rockets

In their game back in November Houston did not shoot the ball particularly well from distance hitting just 33% making 14 of 42 attempts. Toronto, on the other hand, was lights out shooting over 50% from range. Recently Houston has been one of the hottest teams in the NBA and I like for them to cover the small number and take care of business on the road tonight. They are on a seven-game winning streak and they catch Toronto in a very tough spot. On the season Houston is averaging 114.3 points per game which rank second in the league.

Offensively across the board they’ve been extremely good ranking second as well in assists per game, shooting efficiency, and effective field-goal percentage. Toronto has not been the lockdown type of defense that they were last year being more inclined to run up and down the floor which has produced a lot of offense for them, but a completely different dynamic. Surprisingly on the defensive side, Houston hasn’t been horrible so I like them to get enough stops against this new up and down Toronto offense. On the season Houston is allowing opponents to shoot 45% from the floor which ranks them right in the middle of the league, and for a Mike D’Antoni team that is solid.

 Toronto Raptors

Toronto has been playing very good basketball, for the most part, this season and has a solid 12-5 record at home. Tonight, though, this is a tough spot for them after playing in Chicago last night so I believe the value lies with the Rockets. As mentioned, this is a completely different Toronto team that we saw last year as they have put a premium on their offensive statistics shooting 46.7% from the floor and 38.9% from distance ranking them sixth and second in the league respectively.

All of that offense though has not come without a bit of deficit on the defensive side. Toronto surprisingly ranks 21st in the league in both opponents effective field goal percentage and opponent shooting efficiency. I like how they match up with Houston but with them on the second leg of a back to back I’ve a hard time thinking they’re going to be able to keep up with a rested Rockets squad.


Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors

Oddsmakers have Houston as a -2 favorite across the board and for my NBA pick, I will back them in this spot. It is never easy to go against Toronto at home but this is a good situation to do just that.


Free NBA Pick:  Rockets -2Best Line Offered: at Wagerweb

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