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Raptors vs. Rockets Potential NBA Playoffs Betting Odds Preview

January 23rd, 2019 NBA Basketball, Sportsbook

Certainly, with NBA scoring champion James Harden the Rockets are a serious NBA playoffs betting odds threat.  Keep in mind that Houston was just one win away from the Finals last year.  For that reason, their improved play has the full attention of gamblers seeking a better value than Golden State.  Meanwhile Toronto continues to thrive without departed DeMar DeRozan.  Kawhi Leonard’s arrival in DeRozan’s place has ensured Toronto will be in the thick of the Eastern Conference race.  In the same way the Raptors remain one of the most complete team in the Association.

Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets

Date and Time:  Friday, January 25, 2019, 8 p.m. ET

Location:  Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

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Toronto Raptors

Despite a strong record Toronto has dropped in NBA playoffs betting odds lately.  The Raptors have covered in just two of their last six games.  And seven of their last 10 have gone over the total.  TO now stands at 35-13 straight up, 21-27 on the board, and 28-20 over the total.  On this occasion the Raptors have NBA rankings of seventh for scoring offense and ninth for points allowed.  Another key contributor is head coach Nick Nurse, who was a top Toronto assistant from 2013-18.  Nurse has the Raps atop the Atlantic Division.

Houston Rockets

Houston has also struggled to maintain recent sportsbook online value.  As an example, the Rockets have covered just four of their last six games.  Seven of their last ten games have gone over the number.  For all that Houston is 26-19 straight up, 22-22-1 vs. the odds, the 26-19 over the total.  On the whole the Rockets lead the Southwest Division with San Antonio right behind.  NBA metrics have Houston listed 10th for scoring offense and 15th for points allowed.  Following a slow start Harden and crew are back into playoff form.

Important Names on Court

To begin with Kawhi Leonard is a key asset for the Raptors.  Consider his 27.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.  Center Serge Ibaka delivers 16.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per outing.  Naturally James Harden leads the Rockets.  Owing to 35.7 points and 8.3 assists per game is a dominant look.  Center Clint Capela supports with 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds per outing.

Stats to Consider

Late on Toronto has suffered a steep drop in betting value for road games.  The Raps have pad in just one of their last nine away matchups.  And six of their last seven road tilts went over the total.  Counter to that is Houston’s solid wagering value at home.  Just five board losses in their last 20 home court matchups have made gamblers quite happy.

Team vs. Team

In this situation Toronto does have one thing to merit consideration with.  The Raptors have won and covered their last two visits to Houston.  And five of the last six between these teams at Toyota Center went over the total.

Matchup to Watch

Certainly, Toronto and Houston could meet with the NBA playoffs betting odds. In view of James Harden’s dominance do the Rockets have a matchup edge.  Further, the Raptors have been a terrible bet on the road.

Raptors vs. Rockets NBA games Betting Odds Picks

As mentioned earlier the Rockets make bank at home!

Raptors vs. Rockets NBA Betting Online Pick: Houston Rockets

Raptors vs. Rockets NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Rockets 110, Raptors 101

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