Tip-off: 0235, 16/01/2020
Stadium: Toyota Center
TV: Sky Sports
Sky Sports viewers will be hoping to see NBA superstar James Harden on top form when his Houston Rockets host the Portland Trail Blazers.
The 30-year-old was voted the league’s MVP in 2018 and is on course to top the scoring charts for a third straight time this season, averaging 37.8 points per game.
Our first Rockets vs Trail Blazers prediction is for Harden to score at least 40 for the 17th time this term and provide at least 10 assists.
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A Look At Houston Rockets’ Betting Odds
Harden’s haul of 41 points couldn’t prevent Houston from going down 121-110 when visiting in-form Memphis earlier this week, with the Rockets faltering in the fourth quarter.
However, the Grizzlies were recording a sixth straight victory, with rookie guard Ja Morant in red-hot form.
Houston had previously hammered Minnesota here 139-109, improving their home record to 14-4.
They now start off on a four-match stretch at Toyota Center and should have Russell Westbrook back after sitting out a couple of contests.
The eight-time NBA All-Star recorded 10 assists when Portland were pummelled 132-108 here a couple of months ago.
With the visitors still struggling on defence, 17/20 for Westbrook to post over 7.5 in that department this time stands out from the Rockets vs Trail Blazers odds.
A Look At Portland Trail Blazers’ Betting Odds
Portland are five spots behind the Rockets in 10th place in the Western Conference, with an overall record of 17-24, compared to Houston’s 26-13.
Damian Lillard shone in a 115-112 home win over Charlotte last time out, registering 30 points and nine assists.
Lillard averages 26.5 points per game, but will not have happy memories of visiting this venue, where he was reduced to just 13 back in November.
The Trail Blazers have continued to find life tough on the road, losing seven of their last 10 away fixtures to fall to 8-14 in such matches.
With Houston expected to dominate this contest and keen to keep things tight on defence, 9/10 for Lillard to score under 25.5 completes our Rockets vs Trail Blazers betting tips.
Memphis 121-110 HOUSTON
PORTLAND 115-112 Charlotte
Head-to-head: Houston 132-108 Portland, Portland 97-87 Houston, Portland 110-101 Houston
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