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NBA Betting Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trailblazers- May 2nd, 2014

While we have three games on Friday night that could all end up with Game 7’s on Sunday, one of the most interesting games has to be the Houston Rockets against the Portland Trailblazers. The Rockets are heading on the road in this game, and they looked incredibly motivated in their last game. This team was favored to win the series, but the Blazers have looked better to this point. Actually, these two finished the year with the same record, but the Rockets won the tiebreaker. Even with home court, the Rockets were down 3-1 before last game where they won by 10 points and looked to be like the team we expected them to be.

The Rockets were 54-28 (just like the Blazers as previously mentioned), and scored a ridiculous 107.7 points per game. Their home court advantage is huge, but they are on the road in this one where they were just 21-20 this year. They’ll need to step their game up away from home if they want to win this one, or else their year is going to be over, and the high hopes and expectations that they had will be completely finished in the first round.

The Blazers on the other side averaged just one point less per game than the Rockets did, and LaMarcus Aldridge paired with Damian Lillard have looked like an absolutely scary pairing this postseason. If these two players can keep playing this level of basketball, then it’s going to be scary. Not only can these two lead them through this series, but I can see them going even further, and possibly making a push towards the NBA Finals.

Blazers’ Offensive Game

The Blazers offense was slowed down just a bit last game, as they scored 98 points. While that’s not “bad” by any means, it’s not going to be enough to win this type of series. They’ll need to get back to what they did early in the series and put some points on the board. I have no doubt that they can do this, but how will they defend against a Rockets team who has their backs against the wall?

Consensus

I’ve seen the Blazers as both -3.5 an -4 point favorites. I can see them winning this game, but think it’s a close one, and I’ll take the Rockets getting the points here. James Harden, Dwight Howard and the rest of the Rockets aren’t ready to bow out just yet, and I see this one coming down to it.

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