Houston Rockets versus Portland Trailblazers NBA Playoffs Game 1
The Houston Rockets will open up play in the NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trailblazers in a best of 7 series. Game 1 is at Portland and set for Saturday night with a 10:30PM Eastern Time tip-off to be televised by ESPN. The LVSC has set the opening series prices for this series and the Portland Trailblazers are –200 favorites to win the best of 7 games NBA playoff with the buy back on the Rockets at +170 to pull off the upset. The Trailblazers opened up as a 5-½ point favorite in game 1 with the over under coming in at 183.There has been a significant line move in this game off the opening number. The early money has come in on the road team, as Portland is now a 4-point favorite. The total has been bet down slightly to a current over under of 182 ½.
The Rockets enter the playoffs after a very disappointing road loss at the Dallas Mavericks. The loss cost the Rockets home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs and dropped the team from a 3 seed down to a 5th seed. The Rockets will be without their scoring guard/forward Tracy McGrady who is out for the season following left knee surgery.
The teams met on 3 occasions with Houston winning 2 of 3. Each team won on their home court as Houston was scheduled 2 home games and 1 road against Portland this season. Portland defeated the Rockets 101-99 in their only meeting at the Rose Garden in the 2008-2009 NBA regular season. The Trailblazers are the top rebounding team in the NBA averaging 36.2 total rebounds per game. Portland is 4th in the NBA in scoring defense as they allow only 94 points per game to their opponents. With Yao Ming in the middle teams have difficulty getting quality shots in the paint. Teams only shoot 44.4% from the field against the Rockets and that ranks 5th in the NBA.
Trend: The Over is 4-0 in their past 4 meetings
The Wagerline consensus has 62.2 % of the bettors on Portland -4
The Wagerline consensus has 63 % of the bettors playing over 182 1/2