Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Monday Night December 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM EST.
The (22-6) Portland Trailblazers of the Western Conference Northwest division will make the trip from “RIP CITY” to the Southern part of the Lone Star State to take on the (19-7) Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest division in 2014 NBA action. The team will play at The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. This Sports Handicapper believes Portland has the talent and team Chemistry to advance to the Western Conference finals. The Houston Rockets should come out inspired every time they face the team that eliminated then in the 2014 NBA Playoffs. The betting line has Portland as a 3′-point road underdog Against The Spread, and the betting odds total is at 198′ for Monday Night’s game.
The 2014-15 Portland Trailblazers are in first place in their division, but Oklahoma City is still favored in the Northwest. Portland is on a five-game win streak their last an 114-88 victory at New Orleans. Portland is 0-4 Against The Spread the last four times the teams have met. The betting odds under is 6-1 their last seven after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. Portland is 4-3, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under four NBA Expert Point Spread Picks their last seven on the road. Portland has one of the best young point guards in the National Basketball Association; Damien Lillard can do it all. All Star Forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored a team-high 27-points in their last game.
The 2014-15 Houston Rockets are on a two-game skid, their last loss was 104-97 on December 20th at home vs. Atlanta. Two of the Rockets next three games are against divisional opponents. The betting odds over is 11-2 the last thirteen between the teams and the over is 5-1 their last six in H-Town. Houston is 3-2 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under three times their last five at the Toyota Center. Houston stars Dwight Howard and James Harden are probable; both have lingering injuries. The key to a Rockets win is to come out and play in your face defense.
Free Pick: Houston-3′.