NBA Playoff Betting Preview Game 2 Houston Rockets at Portland Trailblazers
The Portland Trailblazers look to bounce back from an embarrassing Game 1 defeat to the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of their best of 7 series. Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday at 10PM Eastern Time with NBA TV providing the television coverage. Following their game 1 victory the Houston Rockets have been adjusted as the –200 favorite to win this best of 7 series with the buy back on Portland being +170. The LVSC send out for game 2 has the home team Trailblazers as a 5-½ point favorite with the total at 184. Portland has saw money come their way, as the Trailblazers are currently a 6-point favorite. The total has saw slight downward movement to a current line of 183 ½.
Houston is up 1-0 in this best of 7 series after their 108-81 thumping of the Trailblazers at the Rose Garden on Saturday as a 5-point underdog. The Houston Rockets have now beaten the Portland Trailblazers in 7 of their past 8 meetings. The Rockets stormed out to a 62-44-halftime lead. What must be of concern for Portland backers in game 2 is the fact that the Trailblazers were outscored 46-37 in the second half. There was no response from Portland after being pounded in the first half by the Rockets in front of their home fans at the Rose Garden. In game 1 the Rockets shot 58% from the field led by a perfect 9-9 from the field by center Yao Ming. Yao had 24 points in game 1. Rocket guard Aaron Brooks contributed with 27 points from the field with 10-17 shooting from the field. The Rockets dominated the glass out rebounding the Trailblazers 44-30. The Trailblazers were cold from the field hitting on only 41% of their shots and shooting a dismal 1-11 from the three-point line. Trailblazers guard Brandon Roy shot only 10-23 from the field in game 1 but will have to deal with the physical nature of the Rocket defenders Ron Artest and Shane Battier.
Trend: The Over is 5-0 in their past 5 meetings.
The Wagerline consensus has 54.5% of the bettors on Houston +6
The Wagerline consensus has 67.3% of the bettors playing over 183 1/2