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NBA : ATS Matchup
Tuesday 3/20/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




HOUSTON (56 - 14) at PORTLAND (44 - 26)
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Tuesday, 3/20/2018 10:35 PM
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HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games56-14+1937-3231-38113.659.046.3%51.2104.752.746.5%50.0
Road Games29-8+18.424-1314-22111.858.246.2%49.8102.951.546.1%50.6
Last 5 Games5-0+53-21-4110.257.246.0%52.098.450.244.6%52.6
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.659.039-8446.3%15-4236.5%20-2678.8%51922209135
vs opponents surrendering106.353.739-8646.0%10-2936.2%17-2276.9%511023208145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.858.239-8446.2%15-4136.9%19-2479.6%50921199135
Stats Against (All Games)104.752.740-8546.5%10-2936.0%15-2075.2%50823217144
vs opponents averaging106.253.540-8646.2%10-2836.2%17-2276.9%511023208145
Stats Against (Road Games)102.951.539-8546.1%11-2936.2%14-1975.6%51923207145

PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games44-26+11.239-2530-40106.052.445.3%53.5103.050.444.6%51.0
Home Games25-11+5.120-1316-20106.953.645.9%53.0102.350.845.2%48.7
Last 5 Games5-0+55-03-2115.059.446.8%56.6101.650.045.2%47.0
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.052.439-8745.3%10-2838.0%17-2180.2%531019197135
vs opponents surrendering106.953.940-8646.2%11-2936.4%17-2277.0%511023208145
Team Stats (Home Games)106.953.639-8645.9%11-2938.8%17-2181.6%531020186135
Stats Against (All Games)103.050.438-8644.6%10-2736.2%17-2276.1%51920197125
vs opponents averaging106.553.740-8646.2%10-2936.2%17-2276.7%511023208145
Stats Against (Home Games)102.350.838-8545.2%10-2735.9%16-2176.7%49919198125
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 95.9,  PORTLAND 95.7
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/13/2018@ MINNESOTA126-108W-3W224O41-8349.4%46640-8447.6%488
2/25/2018@ DENVER119-114W-4W224.5O39-7750.6%481844-9148.4%5113
2/26/2018@ UTAH96-85W-1W211.5U34-7943.0%481531-7143.7%4922
2/28/2018@ LA CLIPPERS105-92W-8.5W229.5U36-8542.4%491036-7945.6%5316
3/6/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY122-112W-5.5W219.5O38-7153.5%442146-9349.5%4419
3/7/2018@ MILWAUKEE110-99W-6W214U39-8247.6%561638-8345.8%4613
3/9/2018@ TORONTO105-108L-3L220U40-8149.4%441341-8548.2%5116
3/11/2018@ DALLAS105-82W-10W211.5U39-8446.4%511133-9435.1%6610
3/12/2018SAN ANTONIO109-93W-11W212U39-8048.7%571533-8140.7%4413
3/15/2018LA CLIPPERS101-96W-11L225U35-9038.9%591144-9745.4%579
3/17/2018@ NEW ORLEANS107-101W-8.5L226.5U39-9242.4%53841-8150.6%4514
3/18/2018@ MINNESOTA129-120W-7.5W223O43-7855.1%401145-8652.3%5112
3/20/2018@ PORTLAND              
3/24/2018NEW ORLEANS              
4/1/2018@ SAN ANTONIO              

PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/9/2018@ SACRAMENTO118-100W-5W206.5O43-8848.9%521138-9042.2%5212
2/14/2018GOLDEN STATE123-117W6W228.5O45-9348.4%561343-9047.8%4316
2/23/2018@ UTAH100-81W4.5W208.5U39-8744.8%471233-7842.3%4919
2/24/2018@ PHOENIX106-104W-6L222U39-9939.4%57639-8744.8%6513
3/3/2018OKLAHOMA CITY108-100W-4.5W215.5U39-8844.3%561540-9144.0%5512
3/5/2018@ LA LAKERS108-103W-2W227U35-8342.2%621434-8639.5%5510
3/6/2018NEW YORK111-87W-9.5W216U35-8143.2%581935-8342.2%4414
3/9/2018GOLDEN STATE125-108W-2W218O44-8949.4%551138-7848.7%4010
3/18/2018@ LA CLIPPERS122-109W1.5W217O46-9250.0%571340-8944.9%498
3/25/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/27/2018@ NEW ORLEANS              
3/28/2018@ MEMPHIS              
3/30/2018LA CLIPPERS              
4/3/2018@ DALLAS              
4/5/2018@ HOUSTON              
HOUSTON: After being eliminated by the Spurs in the conference semifinals, the Rockets made a bold move by trading for Chris Paul to give Houston another All-Star to play with Harden and try to narrow the gap in the Western Conference. It will be interesting to see how head coach Mike D'Antoni's offense runs with both Paul and Harden in it. Paul gets a fresh start in Houston after being dogged by criticism in recent years for failing to get the Clippers out of the second round of the playoffs. The Rockets expect him to be the piece that gets them into the conference finals after coming up just short last year. The defense should be better after not only adding Paul, but also P.J. Tucker to a unit that lost defensive specialist Patrick Beverley in the trade with the Clippers.
PORTLAND: The Blazers made few changes in the offseason, sticking with a nucleus of backcourt duo Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, along with Jusuf Nurkic, who joined the team via trade last season and helped fuel a push to the playoffs. The 7-footer known as the Bosnian Beast dropped lost about 35 pounds over the offseason in an effort to become quicker and more agile. A fan favorite, Nurkic suggested going into this season that the Blazers should become the NBA's Bad Boys, drawing inspiration from the Detroit Pistons of the 1980's and early '90s. A key for Nurkic'and the Blazers'is whether he can stay healthy. Another key will be who steps up to provide support for that trio. One candidate is rookie Caleb Swanigan, who was impressive in the preseason with Noah Vonleh recovering from a shoulder injury.
Rockets, Trail Blazers on rolls heading into matchup

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The team with the NBA's best record -- the Houston Rockets -- comes calling to Moda Center Tuesday night, and the Portland Trail Blazers mean no disrespect. They're taking nothing for granted.

But the Trail Blazers are, in a phrase popularized in an earlier era of Blazer basketball, "Red Hot 'n Rollin'." Portland (43-26) is riding the wave of a 13-game win streak. The Blazers haven't been on such a tear since December 2007, when Nate McMillan was head coach and second-year pros Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge were the team leaders.

"Really, it's all about us," forward Ed Davis said. "If we play well, we're going to win. We're not really worried about the opponents right now."

The Blazers have won 18 of their last 19 games at Moda Center dating to before Christmas. They are in third place in the Western Conference, two games ahead of Oklahoma City (42-29).

"During this entire run, a lot of the things we've done have been about us," point guard Damian Lillard said. "We're communicating, being on a string defensively, locking into the scouting report, trusting each other on offense and making (opponents) have to work to stop us. Those are things we control. If we do those things well, we've been on the winning end a lot. If we do those things, which I think we will, no matter who we play, we should be able win."

Coach Terry Stotts was asked if the pressure has mounted on his players through an overall win streak that began with a victory over Golden State on Feb. 14. Portland's last loss was 101-82 against Utah at home on Feb. 11, five weeks ago.

"Not in our situation, because of the standings and how close the race is," Stotts said. "If this were in November or December, and (the Blazers were on) a streak? Maybe. But the emphasis on winning games and maintaining our position in the standings is paramount. So it's not that big of a deal right now."

The Rockets (56-14) are on some kind of run, too, having won 22 of their last 23 games. James Harden is the leading candidate for the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award and backcourt mate Chris Paul is playing some of his best ball in recent years.

But coach Mike D'Antoni knows another key has been the defensive play of small forward P.J. Tucker, who has started the last 18 games.

"He's one of the best defenders I've ever seen," D'Antoni told the Houston Chronicle.

Asked if Tucker should make the NBA All-Defensive team, D'Antoni replied, "I don't know why he wouldn't. It doesn't get much better than him."

Tucker would just as soon win an NBA championship as make the All-Defensive team.

"It would be cool, but for years, when I was mentioned as a Defensive Player of the Year (candidate), they said, 'Are you making the playoffs?' " the 32-year-old journeyman said. "We never did. I want to win."

Another key piece is power forward Ryan Anderson, who has played the past two games after missing the previous eight with hip and groin injuries. Anderson scored 14 points in 17 minutes off the bench in Sunday's 129-120 win at Minnesota, sinking 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

"I just need to get my rhythm back," Anderson said. "There is no pain now. I'll get it pretty quick here."

Last Updated: 1/22/2019 1:24:55 PM EST

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