Toronto Tough to Trust in Houston
The Toronto Raptors continue their road trip on Friday with a showdown against the Houston Rockets. Both teams are struggling, and neither looks poised to make a run to the playoffs. While the Raptors are a better team, they have a terrible track record in the betting market when playing on the road.
Let’s check the latest NBA news, stats, injury report, and NBA lines for Raptors vs Rockets. We’ve got plenty of NBA picks for you to consider.
Raptors: Poor Season Continues
The Toronto Raptors have shown flashes of brilliance but have thus far been unable to string those moments together. Toronto hasn’t had a winning record since Dec. 7, when the Raptors were 13-12, and are dead last in the Atlantic Division after losing six of their last 10 games.
However, trailing the 10th-place Chicago Bulls by two games in the East, the Raptors’ season isn’t lost yet. A win over an ailing Rockets team would be a step in the right direction.
But it’s hard to trust a team with a return on investment of -19.23% when playing on the road. As favorites on the road, they cover a mere 12.5% of the time at 1-7.
Injuries are not a significant issue for the Raptors at this time, with forward O.G. Anunoby the only unexpected absence after suffering a wrist injury. He won’t rejoin to the team until they return to Toronto on Monday.
Green’s Absence Can’t be Overlooked
The Houston Rockets aren’t a good team; their 13-38 record is a dead giveaway, but recent injuries will make life much more difficult for Houston.
Their two best scorers, Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr., are both out for Friday night’s game against Toronto. The pair averaged 40.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 9.4 assists. Porter also leads the team in dimes and steals.
Porter has been out for the Rockets’ previous 10 games, but Green is a new addition to the bench. He’s missed the last two games with a calf injury and is listed as out for Friday.
The Rockets somehow won those two games, but both were against losing teams.
For those tempted to bet on the Rockets to win, and cover, their third game in a row, be wary. The Rockets have the second-worst ATS record in the NBA at 19-29-3 with an ROI of -22.99%. If you bet on the Rockets to cover in all of their games, you’d be down -12.90 units. At home, their numbers are better, but Houston still has a losing record at 11-12-2 ATS.
Raptors vs Rockets Game Injuries
Raptors vs Rockets Head-to-Head
The Raptors have taken the last three meetings while the Rockets hold a 2-1 record against the spread. The most recent clash was in November when the Raptors beat Houston 116-109 but failed to cover as -10 favorites. The over is on a three-game winning streak.
Raptors vs Rockets Game Information
- Game: Raptors (23-30) vs Rockets (13-38)
- Location Toyota Center, Houston, TX
- Day/Time: Friday, Feb. 3, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Raptors vs RocketsLive Stream: NBA Game Pass
Raptors vs Rockets Betting Lines
Raptors vs Rockets Picks and Prediction
While some may view the Rockets’ two-game winning streak without their two best scorers as a positive, I see it more as a lucky break. The Raptors need a nudge back into their groove, and the Rockets present the perfect opportunity for a second straight double-digit victory against Houston.
The Toronto Raptors are listed at -300 in our Vegas NBA lines. If you wager $100 on the Raptors, you can win $33. The Houston Rockets are +250, offering a chance to win $250 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Raptors a 75.00% chance to win, with the Rockets at 28.57%.