Streaking Rockets Prepared to Launch In Toronto Against Raptors

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 3:23 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2019 3:23 PM UTC

Red-hot Houston will take on another sizzling team tonight when they travel to Toronto. Let’s analyze this matchup of two of the league’s powerhouses and get paid!

<h2 align="center">Houston (38-25 SU, 28-33-2 ATS) at Toronto (46-18 SU, 27-35-2 ATS)</h2><p align="center"><strong>Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET<br />Free NBA Pick: Raptors ATS<br />Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3570004, "sportsbooksIds":[19,180,139,1275,999996], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The Rockets have reeled off five straight victories, the latest a 115-104 thrashing of the Celtics in Boston on Sunday. The 11-point victory doesn’t accurately portray how lopsided this game was, as the Rockets took a 22-point lead at the break and became somewhat disinterested later in the game as the Celtics whittled the margin in half in the fourth quarter. James Harden dropped 42 before fouling out late, and the Rockets shot 47 percent from the field against a Celtics squad that did little to keep pace with Houston until the final frame. Despite the Rockets notching five straight, they have covered in only two of those contests, which means the <a href="" title="Live NBA Odds Board">NBA oddsmakers</a> continue to make it difficult to lay the lofty numbers for a betting public that loves chalky favorites such as Houston.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Check out the &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#MakeItHappen&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#PlaysOfTheWeek&lt;/a&gt; presented by &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@ConnsInc&lt;/a&gt;! 🔥 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;March 4, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>The Raptors had a seven-game winning streak in the works before falling to the Orlando Magic 113-98 as 6½-point home favorites last week. However, the Raps bounced back with wins over the Celtics and Trail Blazers before dropping a 112-107 overtime decision to the Pistons on Sunday. Toronto head coach Nick Nurse decided to give Kawhi Leonard the night off, which proved to be an inopportune time to rest his star player as his replacement, Jeremy Lin, was 0-of-8 and had just one point in the game.</p><p>There are a couple of different dynamics at work in <a href="" title="Live Game Odds">Tuesday night's Houston-Toronto contest</a>. First and foremost, the Rockets are getting healthy and finally resembling the team that took the Warriors to seven games in the Western Conference Finals last year. Harden is a one-man wrecking crew so his points against any team he suits up against are almost a given. In their first meeting this season nearly six weeks ago, the Rockets won 121-119 in Houston and did so without Chris Paul and Clint Capela. Harden led all scorers with 35 points while Leonard bucketed 32.</p><p>Toronto is 27-6 straight up at home this season but if you’ve been blindly backing the Raps in your <a href="" title="Free NBA Picks">NBA picks</a> when they play at the Scotiabank Arena then you know it hasn’t been a money-making proposition as Toronto is 14-18-1 ATS in those contests. And although Houston has been a middling road team at best with a 16-16 straight up mark (12-19-1 ATS), they are 9-8 both straight up and against the spread as underdogs while the Raps are 40-12 straight up as favorites but a dismal 20-30-2 against the all-important number.</p><p>Houston is clearly coming together at the right time and it’s no coincidence that it's when Paul and Capela are healthy. The only slight reservation I have in betting the Rockets tonight is the fact Leonard is well-rested after his pine time Sunday. Nevertheless, getting the better team with a 3½-point head start is too good to pass up. Watch the Rockets launch on Tuesday night and cash a ticket!</p>
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