This should be one of the most competitive NBA Playoffs betting matchups including Game 1 which can be seen on ESPN television on Saturday night.
NBA Playoffs odds may favor the Blazers in Game 1 but the Rockets actually won two of the three games between the teams this season. Home court advantage should be huge as the home team won all three meetings. “We’ve had some success against them, but they’re a tough team with Yao (Ming) in the post and (Ron) Artest and (Shane) Battier defending,” Portland head coach Nate McMillan said. “But I feel confident in our guys. We start at home, but it doesn’t guarantee anything. We have to continue to take advantage of home court. It should be a good series.”
So how important is home court in this NBA Playoffs betting matchup? It could be extremely vital to both teams. The Blazers were 34-7 at home this season while the Rockets were 33-8. Neither team was that great on the road as they both went 20-21. The team that can pull off the road upset in NBA Playoffs odds should win this series.
Houston does have some interesting NBA Playoffs odds stats. Against the spread, the Rockets are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. the Northwest Division and 3-8 in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games, as well as 1-5 in their last 6 road games.
The Trail Blazers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The Trail Blazers are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games.
The total in NBA Playoffs odds looks like an Under, especially with the Rockets’ strong Under trends. They Under is 9-3 in the Rockets last 12 road games. The Under is 5-2 in the Rockets last 7 Saturday games. The Blazers though have gone Over the total in six of their last eight home games and the Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between the two teams.
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