Rockets @ Raptors: Harden, Houston visit Toronto going for a sixth straight win
Rockets @ Raptors NBA odds, spreads and predictions
The Houston Rockets are red hot.
Houston went on the road and picked up a fifth consecutive win taking down the struggling Boston Celtics 115-104.
The Rockets scored more than 32 points in each of the first three quarters lead by a 42-point effort from James Harden. He made six three-pointers on 14-of-31 shooting, adding seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Harden leads the NBA in scoring with 36.7 ppg which is over eight points more than Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder, who ranks second with 28.6 ppg.
Eric Gordon was lights out from deep knocking down eight-of-12 three-point attempts for 32 points.
Chris Paul put together a double-double dishing out a team-high 12 assists to go along with 15 points, six rebounds, and three steals.
When is it? Tuesday March 5th
What time is tip off? 8:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Scotiabank Arena
Which channel is it on? TNT
The Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game winning streak after getting edged out by the Detroit Pistons 112-107 in overtime.
With Kawhi Leonard sidelined for load management, Kyle Lowry put on a show knocking down six three-pointers for 35 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
Pascal Siakam was efficient making 50 percent of his attempts from the field (10-for-20) for 21 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.
Marc Gasol fouled out and had an off day shooting two-of-10 from the field, but still managed 13 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
Off the bench, Serge Ibaka contributed a team-high 11 rebounds while OG Anunoby added 13 points and six rebounds.
Rockets @ Raptors Spread
Toronto is giving Houston 4 points in this matchup.
Over the five-game winning streak, Houston is averaging 118.2 ppg with Harden averaging 39.5 ppg.
The Raptors could counter that with their 10-ranked defense that allows 108.9 ppg. Toronto has also won eight of the last 10 home games, holding a 27-6 record at Scotiabank Arena.
If Leonard returns to the lineup, expect him and Harden to duke it out. Although Houston is rolling, I'll take the Raptors to win this shootout.
Take Toronto to cover.
Rockets @ Raptors Moneyline
Think Houston will win a sixth straight game? Betting $65 could win profit of $100.
Like Toronto to get back on track at home? Spending $175 would win $100 profit.
Rockets @ Raptors Over/Under
The over/under for this matchup is set at 228 points.
Final score prediction: Houston Rockets 107, Toronto Raptors 112
Take the under in this game.
Where the game will be won or lost
These teams squared off in late January and put on a high-scoring display as Houston edged out Toronto 121-119.
Leonard and Harden both scored over 30 points for their respective teams, and a similar output from those All Stars should be expected this time around.
Toronto will have to tighten up defensively after allowing Houston to shoot 45 percent from the field in that January matchup. Look for the Raptors to slow down the game by working the ball inside to Siakam and Gasol.
For Houston, defense is typically optional so they'll have to lean on the efforts of Paul, Gordan, and PJ Tucker to put up stellar number alongside Harden.