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Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction

Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction

Houston Rockets

January 29

00:30

104 : 101

Portland Trail Blazers

Houston Rockets

Portland Trail Blazers

After their frenetic OT clash on December 27, Houston (7-9) and the Portland Trail Blazers (9-7) are undergoing significant changes - a mere month after their unpredictable first affair.

The two players who traded big numbers that night - James Harden and CJ McCollum - won't feature in what promises to be an intriguing Western Conference rematch.

The latter is sidelined for a month with a hairline fracture in his left foot, while the former was part of four-team blockbuster trade to join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn two weeks ago.

The onus is on Damian Lillard, Portland's leading scorer (28.7 PPG) - to carry his teammates to victory after losing two of their last three games. As for their hosts in Houston, John Wall will have been energised by his 24-pt display vs former Wizards teammates overnight.

Can he and Victor Oladipo lead the charge as they target a fourth successive win? Read my basketball preview, for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers Preview

Lillard had a double-double (26 pts, 10 assists) but shot 3-of-12 from deep as Portland was overcome down the stretch, losing 125-122 against the Oklahoma City Thunder last time out.

Gary Trent Jr (22 pts, two steals) and reserve guard Anfernee Simons (26 pts, two rebs) impressed - accounting for 70% of their made threes together.

They collectively shot just 14-of-41 (34.1%) from three-point range, with small forwards Derrick Jones Jr and Nassir Little among those forced to endure rough nights. Carmelo Anthony had a season-high 22 points against his former team - but ultimately shot 1-of-6 from deep.

Simply put, such numbers aren't good enough and won't help them create separation against a Rockets team who remain unpredictable as they continue life without their franchise player.

After contrasting wins away at Detroit (103-102) and Dallas (133-108), Houston were 107-88 winners at home to the Washington Wizards overnight. In his first appearance against a franchise he'd played nine seasons with, the matchup was a memorable one for Wall.

A warm embrace and pre-game handshake routine with All-Star guard Bradley Beal was in stark contrast to the trash talk that got he and Russell Westbrook technical fouls in the fourth quarter.

The pair - All-Star point guards themselves - were traded for one another this past offseason. It was Wall's best game since January 7, where he scored 28 points in their 114-107 defeat by the Indiana Pacers. He was on a minutes restriction (sore knee) and impressed, saying:

"I haven't played in two years so this is fun, to be somewhere you're wanted, that's the most important thing.

I never want to be anywhere I'm not wanted, this organisation wanted me here - they've shown nothing but love and trust for me since Day One."

This was also the first time both he and Victor Oladipo - a new acquisition as part of the Harden trade - had played together. Head coach Stephen Silas revealed that post-game their offence was disjointed for large periods, though it began to flow down the stretch and continue improving as they settle.

"The fourth quarter was good, was figuring out how they can make each other better and play to each other's strengths. It's a work in progress for sure."

Will that work continue to good effect on this occasion against an undermanned Blazers team?

Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers Betting Tips

This encounter is a tough one to predict, especially with injuries in mind. ESPN's Basketball Power Index shares that view and Houston are slightly favoured (50.9%) to prevail following last night's win.

Portland hopes to complete the double over their hosts while improving a 4-2 road record which should please Terry Stotts considering their defeats were against the LA Clippers and a Stephen Curry record-breaking display in early January.

This is the first of a tough six-game road trip for Lillard and co, without McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) among others. Can they overcome injuries to bounce back from their preventable defeat by OKC?

Houston is still finding their feet, and Christian Wood's absence (ankle) could ultimately prove decisive. However, in a battle of two weakened teams, they should have enough firepower to win.

Who will win?

Houston Rockets (17)

89.47%

Portland Trail Blazers (2)

10.52%

Last matches

Houston Rockets

04-03-2021

114 - 132 Brooklyn Nets

L
02-03-2021

90 - 101 Cleveland Cavaliers

L
01-03-2021

84 - 133 Memphis Grizzlies

L
27-02-2021

122 - 111 Toronto Raptors

L
25-02-2021

112 - 96 Cleveland Cavaliers

L
23-02-2021

100 - 120 Chicago Bulls

L
18-02-2021

118 - 113 Philadelphia 76ers

L
16-02-2021

131 - 119 Washington Wizards

L
14-02-2021

121 - 99 New York Knicks

L
12-02-2021

94 - 101 Miami Heat

L

Portland Trail Blazers

W

123 - 119 Sacramento Kings

05-03-2021
W

108 - 106 Golden State Warriors

04-03-2021
W

123 - 111 Charlotte Hornets

02-03-2021
L

102 - 93 LA Lakers

27-02-2021
L

111 - 106 Denver Nuggets

24-02-2021
L

132 - 100 Phoenix Suns

23-02-2021
L

111 - 118 Washington Wizards

21-02-2021
W

124 - 126 New Orleans Pelicans

18-02-2021
W

104 - 115 Oklahoma City Thunder

17-02-2021
W

118 - 121 Dallas Mavericks

15-02-2021
Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers Head to Head (H2H)
29-01-2021

Houston Rockets

104
101

Portland Trail Blazers

27-12-2020

Portland Trail Blazers

128
126

Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets
vs
Portland Trail Blazers
Predicted Lineup

Victor Oladipo

Jae'Sean Tate

John Wall

PJ Tucker

Eric Gordon

Gary Trent Jr.

Carmelo Anthony

Damian Lillard

Enes Kanter

Derrick Jones Jr.

Latest results
Total
Home
Away

114-132 vs Brooklyn Nets (H)

L

90-101 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (H)

L

84-133 vs Memphis Grizzlies (H)

L

111-122 vs Toronto Raptors (A)

L

96-112 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

L

100-120 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L

113-118 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

L

119-131 vs Washington Wizards (A)

L

99-121 vs New York Knicks (A)

L

94-101 vs Miami Heat (H)

L
W

123-119 vs Sacramento Kings (H)

W

108-106 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

W

123-111 vs Charlotte Hornets (H)

L

93-102 vs LA Lakers (A)

L

106-111 vs Denver Nuggets (A)

L

100-132 vs Phoenix Suns (A)

L

111-118 vs Washington Wizards (H)

W

126-124 vs New Orleans Pelicans (A)

W

115-104 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

W

121-118 vs Dallas Mavericks (A)

114-132 vs Brooklyn Nets (H)

L

90-101 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (H)

L

84-133 vs Memphis Grizzlies (H)

L

100-120 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L

94-101 vs Miami Heat (H)

L
W

123-119 vs Sacramento Kings (H)

W

108-106 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

W

123-111 vs Charlotte Hornets (H)

L

111-118 vs Washington Wizards (H)

111-122 vs Toronto Raptors (A)

L

96-112 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

L

113-118 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

L

119-131 vs Washington Wizards (A)

L

99-121 vs New York Knicks (A)

L
L

93-102 vs LA Lakers (A)

L

106-111 vs Denver Nuggets (A)

L

100-132 vs Phoenix Suns (A)

W

126-124 vs New Orleans Pelicans (A)

W

115-104 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

W

121-118 vs Dallas Mavericks (A)

Mosope Ominiyi
27.01.2021

Freelance sports editor and writer. Featured on the Sunday Times, MailOnline and more.

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