Houston Rockets (51-13) Vs. Toronto Raptors (47-17): Game Information and Betting Picks
Who is the best team in the NBA right now? It’s a question that is tough to answer outright but one that we can probably narrow down to 4 or 5 teams. If you go by overall record alone, then you have to give the nod to the Houston Rockets. Until they can topple the Golden State Warriors and win the West, as well as beating them in the postseason, then you can probably argue that they are the second-best team in the league. Over in the Eastern Conference, it is the Toronto Raptors who have taken control. They have built up a 2 ½ game lead over Boston and became the first team to officially clinch a playoff berth, which says more about the state of the East than it does about the Raptors. They are a very good team, though, and thoroughly deserving of their lead. The true acid test for Toronto is going to come on Friday night as they try to slow down the juggernaut that is the Houston Rockets right now. So, let’s take a closer look at this games, NBA betting lines.
What: Houston Rockets (51-13) Vs. Toronto Raptors (47-17)
When: Friday, March 9 at 7:30 PM EST
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, CA
The Line: TBA
Why bet on the Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets are the epitome of the unstoppable force right now, as they have extended their win streak to 17 games, a league best this season. They are, for the most part, making it look easy, as their closest game of late came in a 3-point win over the Boston Celtics. Other than that one, though, the margin of victory in their wins has been substantially more. This is a team that is proving that it is a whole lot more than just James Harden, although the bearded one is having another MVP caliber season. While man teams rely on home court advantage to build a great season record, Houston have proven that they can go anywhere and win, posting a 26-7 road record this season. They are 20-5 versus teams from the Eastern Conference and a staggering 29-9 versus teams with a winning record.
Why bet on the Toronto Raptors
It is the Houston Rockets who are deservedly getting the lion’s share of the NBA headlines this year, but that probably suits the Toronto Raptors just fine. After trailing the Boston Celtics for a large portion of the first half of the season, the Raptors quietly stepped up a gear and took the lead in the Eastern Conference before the All-Star Break. They were able to carry that momentum into the second half and now have a 2 ½ game lead over the Celtics. Whilst paling in comparison to what Houston is doing, Toronto still has a nice little 6-game win streak going and have also won 9 of their last 10 games. The Raptors have done the best work in their own building, going 27-5 there this season. They do have a winning record versus teams above .500, but that 19-15 mark is not totally convincing. Toronto won the earlier meeting this season with Houston and have now won 2 of their last 3 against them.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Houston Rockets run is going to come to an end at some point, and I am going to go out on a limb and predict that it happens on Friday night in Toronto.
Predicted Score: Houston Rockets 106 Toronto Raptors 107.