Rockets-Raptors Betting Preview: Follow Historical Trends on Houston?

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Photo credit: USA Today Sports. Pictured: James Harden and Kawhi Leonard

Betting Odds: Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors

  • Spread: Raptors -3.5
  • Over/Under: 228.5
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: TNT

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Kawhi Leonard vs. James Harden. Kyle Lowry vs. Chris Paul.

The stars are all out tonight in Toronto in this marquee showdown. Is there any value in tonight’s spread or total? Our analysts discuss.

Betting Trends to Know

The Rockets opened as 4.5-point underdogs. This is just the eighth regular-season game that Houston has been an underdog when both James Harden and Chris Paul are expected to play. The Rockets went 5-2 straight-up and against-the-spread (ATS) in the previous seven games. — John Ewing

The Raptors are coming off one of their worst shooting performances of the season, shooting 38.5% from the field in their loss against the Pistons.

Since 2005, teams with a win rate of 70% or higher that shot less than 40% from the field in their last game are just 165-198-5 (45.5%) ATS, and just 66-92-3 (41.8%) since 2013. — Evan Abrams

The Rockets have won five consecutive games straight-up, all by relatively small margins; their biggest win was just 11 points. The Rockets will now travel to Toronto on normal rest to face the Raptors to try and extend their streak.

Since 2005, teams that have traveled to Toronto on normal rest while on at least a five-game winning streak have had success ATS, going 19-9 straight-up (67.9%) and 17-9-2 (65.4%) ATS north of the border. — Abrams

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