NBA Betting Picks - Portland Trail Blazers vs Houston Rockets

Dame Lillard Of Portland Blazers

Charles Stark

Thursday, November 17, 2016 1:32 PM GMT

The Portland Trail Blazers played arguably their worst game of the year at home versus Chicago. Today they travel to take on Houston and are getting some decent points on the road. Here's our NBA Pick.

Portland Trail Blazers

Portland is averaging 107 points per game while giving up 111.2 which ranks second to last in scoring defense. They also coming off their worst home loss of the year against Chicago losing 88-113. In that matchup Portland was just terrible shooting 35.8% from the floor and only 26.5% from distance and simply couldn't keep up. Despite that loss I think they catch Houston in a good spot here with the Rockets coming off a back to back and the fact this is a Portland team that can flat-out score with their really good backcourt in Damien Lillard and C.J. McMollum. Across the board offensively they have solid statistics ranking 13th in the league in both shooting efficiency and effective field-goal percentage, as well as shooting 35.6% from distance which ranks 10th in the league. Similar to Houston they're launching a lot from beyond the arc averaging 30.2 attempts per game while making 10.8 of those both which ranks sixth in the NBA. Defensively, although they been giving up-tempo, they have been really good percentage wise and match up well with a Houston team that shoots more three-pointers per game than any other as Portland allows opponents just 32.2% from distance which ranks fifth in the league.

 Houston Rockets

Houston is averaging 107.8 points per game while allowing 104.8 points per game and rank first in the NBA in three-pointers attempted and made per game. As I've mentioned before what surprises me the most about this team is the fact they haven't been pushing as much pace as was probably anticipated coming into the season but have relied more on being extremely efficient. Currently, Houston ranks second in the league in both shooting efficiency, effective field-goal percentage, and two-point shooting percentage. They move the ball extremely well and have a nice flow with James Harden at the point. However, they do not play a lot of defense as they rank in the bottom half the league in most offensive categories. Currently, the Rockets rank 19th and 20th in opponent effective field-goal percentage and shooting efficiency respectively. And although there been great at putting up and making a lot of three-pointers they have been good at defending from beyond the arc allowing opponents to shoot 35.2% which ranks 20th in the league. These two teams are kind of mirror images and I think this game goes down to the wire.

 

NBA odds

Oddsmakers have Portland as a +4 underdog across the NBA Odds Board. This is great value on a good Portland team that catches Houston in a tough spot. For my NBA pick, I will back the solid road dog.

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Free NBA Pick: Trail Blazers +4Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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