2019-20 NBA – Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets taking place? Thursday 16th January, 2020 – 02:30 (UK)

Where is Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets taking place? Toyota Center

What channel is Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets on? ESPN, AT&T Sportsnet Southwest, NBC Sports Northwest, SN1

Where can I stream Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, NBC Sports App, WatchESPN

Where can I get tickets for Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Portland Trail Blazers 108 – 132 Houston Rockets

THE TEAM NEWS

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

  • The Blazers enter this game following a 115-112 win over the Charlotte Hornets earlier this week which snapped their two-game losing streak, although they still own a 2-3 record during their last five games. Portland currently sit in 10th place of the Western Conference standings with a 17-24 record.
  • Jusuf Nurkic is still several weeks away from recovering from injury, while Zach Collins and Rodney Hood will miss the remainder of the season. Skal Labissiere is also out, and Mario Hezonja has been deemed as questionable due to a back problem.
  • Star point guard Damian Lillard might go unnoticed, but he is having a career-best year when it comes to assists as he is dishing out 7.6 per game. He is also scoring 26.8 points per game, as he continues to be Portland’s main scoring and playmaking threat on a nightly basis.

HOUSTON ROCKETS

  • The Rockets suffered a disappointing defeat the last time out as they fell 121-110 to the Memphis Grizzlies and they have dropped two of their last three games. They sit in fifth place of the Western Conference standings with a 26-13 mark.
  • Houston should be close to full strength, as their list of absentees hasn’t changed much over the last few weeks. Gerald Green and Nene remain as long-term absences for Mike D’Antoni, but neither player would have a defined role in the rotation even if they were healthy.
  • James Harden might deal with inefficiency from time to time, but there’s no question he should be the player to watch every time Houston steps on the hardwood. He remains the only player in the league who averages more than 30 points per game (37.8) this season.

THE PREDICTION

The Rockets have dropped two of their last three games and seem to be slipping down the standings but there is no question they are the better team here on both ends of the court and that no franchise in the league can match their scoring ability. Houston have also won 14 of 18 games at home – including the last five – while the Blazers own an 8-14 mark on the road. All signs point towards Houston bouncing back from an ugly loss and getting back to the winning ways here.

TSZ Latest