The Houston Rockets (23-27) travel to face off against the Toronto Raptors (18-33) on Friday, February 9th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and televised on SN. The Raptors are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Rockets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hornets. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Rockets vs Raptors
The Rockets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Rockets were defeated by the Pacers in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 132-129. Despite losin the game straight-up, the Rockets did cover the spread as +8.5 point underdogs. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 244.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
Coming into today’s game against the Raptors, the Rockets have an overall record of 23-27 and are looking to snap their two game losing streak. On the road, the Rockets are 5-18 this season compared to their 18-9 record at home.
Currently, Houston holds an above .500 ATS record of 27-22 so far this year. Houston has gone 11-6 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 16-16 when playing as underdogs.
The Raptors Are Coming Off A Win
The Raptors’ most recent matchup against the Hornets saw RJ Barrett lead the Raptors with 23 points while shooting 9/15 from the field. As the Raptors secured the victory with a final score of 123-117, Scottie Barnes also chipped in with 18 points.
Looking at the Raptors’ overall record of 18-33, they are hoping to add a win to their total against the Rockets. When playing on the road, the Raptors are 8-20 compared to their 10-13 record at home.
Toronto comes in with an overall ATS record of 24-27 so far this season. In their last two road games, Toronto has been unable to cover the spread, and they hold an ATS record of 14-14 on the road as opposed to 10-13 at home.
Rockets Offense Breakdown
Through 50 games the Rockets are averaging 113.7 points per contest, placing them 21st in the NBA.
On the road this season, the Rockets are averaging 111.4 points per game, which is 22nd in the NBA. Overall, they are 21st in scoring at 113.7 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage, Houston is 24th in the league at 46%. From beyond the arc, they are shooting just 35%, which is 26th in the NBA.
When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Rockets are 9th in attempts at 23.6 per game. In terms of pace, Houston is 13th in the league at 99.4 possessions per game.
So far this season, the Rockets have outscored the NBA average in just 42% of their games. In terms of assists, Houston is 23rd in the league at 25.1 per game.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
Through 51 games the Raptors are averaging 114.5 points per contest, placing them 19th in the NBA.
When playing at home, the Raptors are averaging 111.8 points per game, which is 28th in the NBA. Overall, they are 19th in scoring at 114.5 points per game. Toronto has outscored the league average in 47.1% of their games this season.
So far this season, the Raptors have made an average of 11.9 three-pointers per game, which is 24th in the NBA. They are 21st in three-point shooting at 36%. In terms of pace, Toronto is 14th in the league at 98.9 possessions per game.
When it comes to two-point shooting, the Raptors are 15th in the NBA at 54%. Overall, they are 12th in field goal percentage at 48%. In terms of free throws, Toronto is 16th in attempts and 21st in makes.
Rockets Team Defense
At present, the Rockets’ defense is ranked 10th, allowing 112.7 points per game. In the terms of takeaways, Rockets are causing 12.3 turnovers per game, ranking 10th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 24th in rejections, averaging 4.4 blocked shots each game.
Raptors Team Defense
So far, the Raptors’ defense is ranked 19th in the league at 117.7 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Raptors squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 56.0% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.5% from downtown.
Key Players For The Rockets And Raptors
In today’s game, our projections have Alperen Sengün leading the Rockets with 19 points on 8/15 shooting from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 21.6 points per game, in addition to 9.3 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Scottie Barnes to be the top scorer for the Raptors. Our projection has him finishing the game with 19, and he is expected to secure 7 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 47.8% and is averaging 20.2 points per contest.
Rockets vs Raptors Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Houston has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 111 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- Across their three previous home games, Toronto has an ATS mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 116 points per game.
- Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Houston has an ATS mark of 4-1 while going 1-4 straight up.
- Through their previous five contests as the betting favorite, the Raptors have a strong record of 3-2. Their record vs the spread in these matchups is 2-3.
The Rockets come in as the underdog at +3, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 232.5, and our model projects the Rockets and Raptors to reach a combined total of 228 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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