Rockets vs. Trail Blazers: NBA Betting Preview – August 4, 2020

Written By PlayPicks Staff on August 4, 2020

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers (30-38) have an opportunity to earn an upset win when they hit the court as only 1.5-point underdogs (per DraftKings) against James Harden and the Houston Rockets (42-24) on Tuesday. The game’s point total is 243.5.

The betting insights in this article reflect data as of August 4, 2020, 8:40 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Rockets vs Trail Blazers Betting Odds

Injury Report as of August 4

Rockets: Thabo Sefolosha: Out (Undisclosed), David Nwaba: Out For Season (Achilles), Eric Gordon Jr.: Out (Ankle), Bruno Caboclo: Out (Ankle)

Trail Blazers: Rodney Hood: Out For Season (Achilles), Jaylen Adams: Day To Day (Back), Caleb Swanigan: Out (Personal), Trevor Ariza: Out (Personal)

Examining the Over/Under

  • The average point total for Rockets games this season is 94.9 more points than the total of 139 in this matchup.
  • Trail Blazers games this year have averaged an over/under of 229.9 points, 91.2 more than the point total in this matchup.
  • In 100% of their games this year (66 of 66 chances), the Rockets and their opponents have combined to record more than this matchup’s point total of 139 points.
  • Portland has played in 68 games this season (out of 68 total matchups — 100% of opportunities) where they combined with their opponents to score more than 139 points.
  • These two teams average a combined 232.9 points per game, 94.2 more points than the total of 139 set for this game.
  • Opponents of these teams have averaged a combined 230.6 points per game, 91.9 more than the over/under for this game.

Head to Head

Portland was victorious in two of its three matchups with Houston this season. The Trail Blazers have covered the spread more often than not against the Rockets, holding a 2-1 record ATS in head-to-head matchups.

Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Result
1/29/2020 Rockets Trail Blazers -5 242 -207 170 125-112 POR*
1/15/2020 Rockets Rockets -8.5 236.5 -414 321 117-107 POR*
11/18/2019 Rockets Rockets -7.5 231 -333 266 132-108 HOU*
  • 1/29/2020 DNP – Trail Blazers: Jusuf Nurkic
  • 1/15/2020 DNP – Trail Blazers: Jusuf Nurkic
  • 11/18/2019 DNP – Rockets: Eric Gordon; Trail Blazers: Jusuf Nurkic

Rockets Betting Information

  • Houston holds a losing record against the spread this year, going 31-34-1 ATS.
  • When they are 1.5-point favorites, the Rockets have a record ATS of 22-29.
  • Houston routinely does not hit the over, only eclipsing the points total in 27 of 66 games (40.9%).

Trail Blazers Betting Information

  • Portland has a sub-.500 record against the spread this season: 27-38-2.
  • The Trail Blazers have a losing record (11-19-1) when they’re at least 1.5-point underdogs.
  • Portland hit the over in a majority of its matchups this season: 36 of 68 games (52.9%).

Rockets Leaders

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
James Harden 63 34.4 6.4 7.4 1.8 0.9 4.4
Russell Westbrook 55 27.6 8.1 7.0 1.6 0.3 1.0
Eric Gordon 34 14.5 1.9 1.5 0.6 0.4 2.7
Robert Covington 64 12.8 6.5 1.2 1.6 1.3 2.4
Danuel House 60 10.5 4.3 1.3 1.1 0.5 2.1

Trail Blazers Leaders

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Damian Lillard 60 28.9 4.3 8.0 1.0 0.4 3.9
CJ McCollum 64 22.6 4.1 4.3 0.8 0.6 2.8
Hassan Whiteside 63 16.0 13.9 1.2 0.4 3.0 0.1
Carmelo Anthony 52 15.3 6.2 1.6 0.8 0.5 1.5
Anfernee Simons 65 8.8 2.3 1.5 0.4 0.2 1.1

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