At 10:00 ET, the Portland Trail Blazers (17-44) will host the Houston Rockets (27-35) at the Moda Center. The Rockets are favored by 5.5 points over the Blazers, who are currently on a two-game losing streak.

ROOT will be televising this Western Conference matchup.


The Pick: Portland Trail Blazers +5.5

This game will be played at Moda Center at 10:00 ET on Friday, March 8th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 107-106 in favor of the Trail Blazers.
  • Our projections have Anfernee Simons finishing with Anfernee Simons points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Trail Blazers finishing with a field goal percentage of 44.4% and knocking down 11 threes.

Will Houston Come Through as Road Favorites?

Today, the Rockets are favored by 5.5 points against the Trail Blazers. This season, Houston has been favored in 20 of their 62 games, going 15-5 in those games. As the favorite, they have an average scoring differential of +8.3 points per game.

Houston's ATS record this season is 33-28, and they have covered the spread in their last four games. On the road, they are 11-18 ATS compared to 22-10 ATS at home.

The Rockets are 27-35 on the season, which is currently 12th in the Western Conference. Against other Western Conference teams, they are 19-19 compared to 8-16 against the East.

In their most recent game, the Rockets lost to the Clippers by a score of 122-116. Houston covered the spread as 6.5-point underdogs, and the O/U line for the game was 222.5.

This season, Rockets games have averaged a combined 225.8 points per game, which is higher than today's O/U line of 218.5. Houston's over/under record for the season is 27-35.

When it comes to scoring, the Rockets are averaging 112.9 points per game, which ranks them 21st in the NBA. On the road, they are scoring 110.5 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage, the Rockets are 28th in the league at 45%. From beyond the arc, Houston is hitting 34% of their three-point attempts, which is 29th in the NBA.

So far this season, the Rockets have outscored the NBA scoring average in 37.1% of their games. In terms of pace, Houston is 13th in the league at 99.4 possessions per game. When it comes to two-point shooting, the Rockets are hitting 52% of their attempts, which is 27th in the NBA.

Overall, the Rockets are averaging 24.7 assists per game, which is 28th in the league. In terms of offensive rebounds, Houston is 6th in the NBA at 11.5 per game. Finally, the Rockets are getting to the free-throw line 23.6 times per game, which is 8th in the league.

Coming into today's game, the Rockets' defense is giving up an average of 112.9 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Rockets are causing 12.5 turnovers per game, ranking 12th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 26th in rejections, averaging 4.5 blocked shots each game.

Do the Trail Blazers Stand a Chance at Home?

Portland has gone 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, and they have an ATS record of 29-32 for the season. As the underdog, they are 28-27 ATS.

The Trail Blazers have covered the spread in five straight road games and have an ATS record of 17-14 on the road. At home, they are 12-18 ATS.

This season, Portland has an O/U record of 28-32-1. In their last two games, the Blazers have gone over the O/U line of 218.5.

In their most recent game, the Trail Blazers lost to the Thunder by a score of 128-120. The O/U line for that game was 224.5, and Portland covered the spread as 13-point underdogs.

Portland is currently 14th in the Western Conference with a record of 17-44. In non-conference games, they are 9-10 compared to 8-34 against Western Conference opponents.

On average, Portland's games have finished with 223.7 points this season. Today's O/U line is set at 218.5, and the Blazers have gone 47-12 on the season with higher O/U lines.

When it comes to scoring, the Blazers are one of the worst teams in the league, averaging just 107.8 points per game (28th). At home, they are scoring 108.9 points per game, which is 28th in the NBA. Overall, they have outscored the league average in just 26.2% of their games.

Portland's offensive struggles can be seen in their field goal percentage, as they are shooting just 44% from the field (29th). Additionally, they are last in the league in true shooting percentage.

One area where the Blazers have excelled is on the offensive glass. They are 5th in the NBA in offensive rebounds per game. In terms of pace, Portland is 20th in the league.

On defense, Trail Blazers is currently around the league average in points allowed, giving up an average of 115.9 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Trail Blazers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 58.2% while allowing 35.2% from downtown.