NBA Live Wagering Lines and Odds at YouWager: Rockets vs. Trail Blazers
10:30 PM ET, December 12, 2013
Moda Center, Portland, OR
The Houston Rockets’ past two games have gone just like the team was expecting the to go when they teamed Dwight Howard and James Harden.
Back in November the Rockets handed the Western Conference-best Portland Trail Blazers their most lopsided defeat of the basketball season at the Moda Center.
This is something YouWager bettors as well as the Trail Blazers wont forget tonight in a rematch of the league’s two highest-scoring teams.
The Rockets (15-7) blamed mental lapses and a lack of energy for their back-to-back defeats versus the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns last week, but there’s been no change in focus over the last two games.
Harden had 34 points, while Howard had 22 and 18 boards in Friday’s 105-83 rout of the Golden State Warriors. The 28 year-old then managed to post his first 20-20 game as a member of the Houston team and Harden (27 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds) narrowly missed a triple-double in Sunday’s 98-88 victory versus the Orlando Magic.
Howard tried 34 free throws in those two wins after a seven-game stretch in which he totaled 39 and averaged just 13.1 points. In the meantime, Harden missed three games with a sore foot at the beginning of that stretch, but online sports betting experts consider the Rockets’ stars and supporting cast seem to be getting on the same page.
One of the reasons Houston was able to limit Portland in the paint was the presence of Omer Asik, but the big man will miss a fourth straight game tonight with a knee contusion. However, the Rockets better watch out with guard Jeremy Lin returning after a six-game absence.
The Trail Blazers are 29th in the NBA in point differential in the paint (minus-9.3), and were outscored 54-36 inside in Saturday’s 108-106 defeat versus the Dallas Mavericks – the Blazers’ only other home defeat besides the Rockets.
There were no interior problems Monday in Utah. Portland held a 44-38 paint edge on Utah and got at least 15 points from four of their starting five in a 105-94 victory — led by LaMarcus Aldridge’s 24.