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Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors

February 9, 2024


The Houston Rockets will travel to Toronto, Ontario to face the Toronto Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena with the game tipping off at 7:30 PM ET on Friday evening.

The Rockets have the 4th worst record in the Western Conference at 23-27 and are on a two-game losing streak following Tuesday’s 129-132 loss on the road against the Indiana Pacers. Houston has been one of the lower-scoring teams in the league as they are averaging the 10th fewest points per game with an average of 113.7 points per game, however, because they play at a slower pace than the average team in the NBA it also leads them to be one of the better defensive teams in the league as they are allowing the 10th fewest points per game with an average of 112.7 points allowed per game. 

Alperen Sengun has been the best player on the team as he leads the team in scoring, rebounds, and steals while being 2nd on the team in assists with an average of 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.16 steals per game. The Houston Rockets will look to end their two-game losing streak when they travel to face the Toronto Raptors.

The Toronto Raptors are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 18-33, however, the Raptors are coming off a 123-117 win on the road against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday which also ended their three-game losing streak. Toronto has been a below-average team defensively as they are allowing an average of 117.75 points per game which is more than the league average of 115.61 points per game while also being a below-average team offensively as they are averaging the 12th fewest points per game with an average of 114.45 points per game. 

Scottie Barnes has been one of the better players on the team as he leads the team in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks with an average of 20.2 points, 8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.22 steals, and 1.47 blocks per game. The Toronto Raptors will look to build off the momentum following the win against the Hornets when they host the Houston Rockets on Friday evening.

BookMaker has the Toronto Raptors listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Houston Rockets on Friday evening. The teams have split the last ten while Toronto has won two of the previous three meetings. The Rockets have covered the spread in eight of the last ten including the last four games in the series. The Houston Rockets are 26-22-2 ATS overall, 9-13-1 ATS on the road, and 16-16-1 ATS as an underdog while the Toronto Raptors are 23-27-1 ATS overall, 10-13 ATS at home, and 8-10 ATS as a favorite on the year.

Neither team is good this season as they both have the 4th worst record in their conference, however, Toronto has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the previous three contests. However, the Rockets have been the better team at covering the spread as they have covered the spread in eight of the last ten including four straight against the Raptors while also having been the better team at covering the spread this season with a record of 26-22-2 ATS overall while the Raptors are 23-27-1 ATS overall which is why I am taking the points with the Houston Rockets when they travel to face the Toronto Raptors.

Spooky Express Pick: Houston Rockets +3