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NBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 11/18/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




PORTLAND (5 - 8) at HOUSTON (10 - 3)
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Monday, 11/18/2019 8:05 PM
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PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games5-8-10.86-67-5112.853.844.2%54.9114.153.244.1%57.0
Road Games4-4-6.45-24-3111.754.244.2%53.7112.553.544.1%56.9
Last 5 Games2-3-2.52-33-2113.052.642.6%58.0113.851.243.5%58.0
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.853.841-9244.2%12-3435.6%19-2382.5%551018246146
vs opponents surrendering110.95541-8945.5%12-3335.4%18-2477.2%541023228145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.754.241-9244.2%11-3334.3%19-2381.1%541018256136
Stats Against (All Games)114.153.240-9144.1%11-3233.9%23-2980.7%571123218146
vs opponents averaging109.954.840-8945.3%11-3235.1%18-2477.3%541024227155
Stats Against (Road Games)112.553.538-8744.1%9-2929.4%27-3381.7%571023207145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games10-3+4.37-64-9118.558.544.0%55.5114.257.245.5%58.0
Home Games5-1+2.83-33-3115.857.542.5%57.5109.851.843.2%60.5
Last 5 Games5-0+55-00-5115.455.044.6%55.2102.049.841.8%57.8
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)118.558.540-9144.0%16-4633.8%23-2978.4%551021228155
vs opponents surrendering113.856.641-9045.5%12-3435.4%19-2577.3%551124228165
Team Stats (Home Games)115.857.539-9142.5%15-4532.6%24-2980.8%571021227136
Stats Against (All Games)114.257.242-9345.5%13-3735.1%17-2374.8%581125238155
vs opponents averaging112.956.641-9145.6%12-3434.8%18-2476.7%551025238165
Stats Against (Home Games)109.851.841-9543.2%13-3833.9%15-2170.6%601124246133
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 96.5,  HOUSTON 96.2
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/25/2019@ SACRAMENTO122-112W-1W227.5O46-8554.1%461637-8742.5%5017
10/27/2019@ DALLAS121-119W3W218.5O45-8751.7%551637-9439.4%5711
10/28/2019@ SAN ANTONIO110-113L6W223P39-10039.0%611041-8548.2%5718
10/30/2019@ OKLAHOMA CITY102-99W-1.5W222U34-8639.5%551733-8439.3%6318
11/4/2019@ GOLDEN STATE118-127L-11.5L220O47-10544.8%52642-8648.8%5610
11/7/2019@ LA CLIPPERS101-107L6T230.5U39-10437.5%581339-8943.8%6617
11/12/2019@ SACRAMENTO99-107L-1.5L222U34-7744.2%501738-8644.2%5414
11/16/2019@ SAN ANTONIO121-116W1.5W225.5O42-9345.2%531241-8846.6%5210
11/18/2019@ HOUSTON              
11/19/2019@ NEW ORLEANS              
11/21/2019@ MILWAUKEE              
11/23/2019@ CLEVELAND              
11/25/2019@ CHICAGO              
11/27/2019OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/3/2019@ LA CLIPPERS              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/26/2019NEW ORLEANS126-123W-12L238.5O43-9445.7%581946-10046.0%5317
10/28/2019OKLAHOMA CITY116-112W-10L227O39-9043.3%521441-9443.6%6413
10/30/2019@ WASHINGTON159-158W-8L234O55-10353.4%481357-9162.6%4619
11/1/2019@ BROOKLYN116-123L-4.5L245U41-9941.4%501242-8549.4%6420
11/3/2019@ MIAMI100-129L-3L234U31-7939.2%452247-8952.8%5715
11/4/2019@ MEMPHIS107-100W-6W230.5U35-9337.6%651740-9442.6%6014
11/6/2019GOLDEN STATE129-112W-16W228.5O48-9749.5%611238-9639.6%5810
11/9/2019@ CHICAGO117-94W-6.5W233U39-8347.0%622237-9837.8%5315
11/11/2019@ NEW ORLEANS122-116W-5.5W246.5U44-8551.8%571741-9543.2%5516
11/13/2019LA CLIPPERS102-93W-2W233U33-8638.4%601038-9838.8%6513
11/16/2019@ MINNESOTA125-105W2W230.5U43-9445.7%491138-8445.2%5618
11/20/2019@ DENVER              
11/22/2019@ LA CLIPPERS              
12/3/2019@ SAN ANTONIO              
PORTLAND: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-0 to Golden State in the Western Conference finals.
COACH: Terry Stotts (eighth season with Trail Blazers, 325-249; 12th season overall, 440-417).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Damian Lillard (25.8 ppg), G CJ McCollum (21.0), F Rodney Hood (11.2), F Zach Collins (8.6), C Hassan Whiteside (12.3 with Miami).
KEY LOSSES: F Al-Farouq Aminu, F Evan Turner, F Maurice Harkless, C Meyers Leonard.
KEY ADDITIONS: Whiteside, C Pau Gasol, F Anthony Tolliver, G Kent Bazemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Blazers will count on Whiteside at center while Jusuf Nurkic recovers from a broken leg he suffered during a game in March. Nurkic probably won't return until January, at the earliest. The Blazers added some insurance at the position by signing Pau Gasol, who is also making his way back from surgery. Portland will look to Zach Collins to take the next step in his third season in the league. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum form one of the best backcourt duos in the league.
OUTLOOK: In the loaded Western Conference, the revamped Trail Blazers, with a total of seven new players, will have to come together sooner rather than later. A key will be how Whiteside gels with the rest of the team. The 7-footer was acquired in a trade with the Miami, where his production fell off last season after three strong seasons. The Blazers will again emphasize defensive improvement going into the season, something Stotts has routinely preached each fall camp. Lillard signed a supermax extension in the offseason, and appears to be a Blazer for the long haul. Expectations are high for Portland after making the Western Conference finals last season, and players say they're not going to be satisfied with simply making the playoffs, the goal now is to go deep into the postseason.
HOUSTON: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-2 to Golden State in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike D'Antoni (fourth season with Rockets, 173-73; 16th season overall, 628-499).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Russell Westbrook (22.9 ppg with Oklahoma City), G James Harden (36.1), F Eric Gordon (16.2), F P.J. Tucker (7.3), C Clint Capela (12.0).
KEY LOSSES: G Chris Paul, G Iman Shumpert, C Kenneth Faried
KEY ADDITIONS: Westbrook, C Tyson Chandler, F Thabo Sefolosha, F Ryan Anderson, F Ben McLemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Westbrook and Harden as the Rockets try to prove that these two ball-dominant guards can coexist after Houston sent Paul to Oklahoma City in exchange for Westbrook. Harden and Westbrook are longtime friends and played together in Oklahoma City at the beginning of Harden's career when he was the sixth man for the Thunder and insist that things will work out because they want them to. But things have changed a lot since their Oklahoma City days and it will be interesting to see how Westbrook will adjust to playing a supporting role to Harden after being the face of the Thunder for years.
OUTLOOK: The addition of Westbrook to this team starring Harden gives the Rockets two of the league's most dynamic scorers and playmakers a year after Houston lost to Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. If the pairing of is successful it could help the Rockets become an offensive juggernaut in the stacked Western Conference. While Harden and Westbrook will drive Houston's success, players like Eric Gordon and center Clint Capela will have to continue to improve if the Rockets hope to finally get over the hump and compete for their first title since winning back-to-back championships in 1994-95.
Rockets' Harden aims to continue scoring spree vs. Blazers

Houston guard James Harden has previously enjoyed stretches of utter brilliance like the one he is riding during the Rockets' seven-game winning streak, but that doesn't diminish the awe his current level of play is inspiring.

The Rockets will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday seeking to extend their winning streak to eight games while searching for another flash of exceptional play from Harden, who is averaging 43 points, 6.7 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 2.3 steals during the streak.

With the Rockets missing four of their top five scorers and playing the second game of a home-road back-to-back Saturday at Minnesota, Harden poured in 49 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists to carry Houston to a 125-105 victory. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni described Harden as a "bazooka" following the performance and, on a grander scale, Houston displayed the desire needed to win nightly in an ultra-competitive Western Conference.

"It's very, very important," Harden said. "We can't take any game for granted. We showed that."

The Trail Blazers were in desperate need of the collective performance they received in San Antonio on Saturday, rallying from a 15-point deficit after earlier blowing a 23-point lead. The 121-116 victory over the Spurs snapped a stretch of six losses over seven games.

Against the Spurs, the Trail Blazers were more than just Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. That duo combined for 54 points, with McCollum scoring 32 on 13-of-25 shooting, but Portland received 21 points and 12 rebounds plus three blocks from Hassan Whiteside, as well as 16 points from Rodney Hood. Four reserves combined to provide 25 points off the bench.

"It's better for us in the long term when it's a group effort," Lillard said. "Obviously there are going to be nights where CJ has a huge game, or I have a huge game, or one of us takes over the game. It's going to happen, and it's going to be necessary sometimes. But in a time like this where we've been struggling it's great to have a group effort to pull out a tough win.

"If we can get that type of production and effort from everybody in big situations like this, it's going to make us a better team."

Starting with what was essentially a home loss at the buzzer to the 76ers on Nov. 2, the Trail Blazers had slipped into what could fairly be described as the doldrums. Ugly losses at Golden State and Sacramento were mixed in with home setbacks against Brooklyn and Toronto. Viewed as a title contender after qualifying for the Western Conference Finals last season, Portland instead opened this season as one of the surprising disappointments in the league.

Rallying to win the opener of a six-game, 10-day road trip is what Portland needed to initiate the process of reversing what had been a negative course thus far.

"It's easy to kind of fall prey to it when things aren't going your way," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "And I thought hopefully that's a big step for us."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 7/7/2020 12:05:39 PM EST

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