Pro basketball betting handicappers believe that if Portland can stay healthy they can be a potential dark horse and basketball sports betting bargain value in the post season.
The Portland Trailblazers will host the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night with a starting time of 10 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this important Western Conference matchup that has serious playoff implications so be sure to open your account today.
Houston had a record of 29-31 straight up and 30-28-2 with the NBA basketball betting odds. The Rockets were a solid 17-13-1 against the spread on the road and were 17-14 over the total as a visitor.
With the loss of Yao Ming the Rockets are simply not good enough to be a serious playoff contender although they do bring better than expected value to the board on a consistent basis due to the fact that they lack appeal with the general betting public.
The Rockets have one of the best offensive units in the NBA as they ranked 3rd for scoring but their defense was bad and ranked 26th for points allowed. Kevin Martin led Houston with 23.1 points per game.
Portland had a record of 33-25 straight up and 28-27-3 with the NBA basketball line. Portland was 15-13 against the spread at home and went over the total in 13 out of their 28 home games. The Blazers caught fire with the return of guard Brandon Roy from a knee injury and lost just 2 out of 8 games against the spread from February 5 through February 25.
Defense has been the strength of the Blazers as they have had to deal with the injury bug all season, forcing them to tighten up on their own end of the hardwood. Portland ranked 9th in the NBA for scoring defense while ranking 23rd scoring offense as they have played with a patchwork lineup most of the season.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 22.5 points per game.
Portland has paid out in 3 of their last 4 home games against Houston with the last 4 meetings between the teams in Portland going under the pro basketball betting total.