Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

The Toronto Raptors are playing in three different cities in the space of four days during this mini road trip and their second stop comes at the Houston Rockets. It is a tough ask for the team who are trying to pick themselves up from a one-point loss to the Boston Celtics a couple of nights ago especially as the Houston Rockets are almost as hot as the Celtics have been.

The Boston Celtics won their thirteenth game in a row since their 0-2 start to the season and dropped the Toronto Raptors to 3-3 over their last six games as they try and build some consistency. Now the Raptors have to go on the road to try and snap Houston’s six-game winning run and even making this game competitive is going to be a challenge with the way the Rockets have been firing.

So much of what the Rockets do comes down to how they are feeling from the three-point range and that is clearly not something you can predict easily. What you can say is that the Rockets have been producing some big numbers from that range during their winning run and the Toronto Raptors have had their issues Defending the three-point arc which certainly suggests the Rockets can have their successes in this one.

A key to their three-point shooting is the dominance the Rockets have shown on the board and earning those second-chance possessions just gives the shooters that much more confidence. Despite Toronto has some decent size, Houston’s energy on the glass should prove to be another factor in their favor.

Turnovers can keep Toronto in this one, but I am not sure I like them in their spots over the next couple of days. Facing a team that has been winning by an average of over 17 points per game is a huge challenge off such an emotional loss like the one the Raptors suffered in the defeat to the Boston Celtics.

Toronto is 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine games against a team with a winning record and they are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games played with a day of rest between games. The Rockets are 4-1 against the spread in their last five with the same rest and I like them here.

The home team is now 14-5-1 against the spread in the last twenty in this series and I will look for the Houston Rockets to continue that trend.

Handicap Betting Recommendation: Houston Rockets – 6.5 Points at 1.95

By @DavAulak

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