The NBA best betting selection from Monday comes from the late night pro basketball contest between the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers. The Rockets and Trailblazers will tip off from Portland at 10PM Eastern Time and you can watch this game live nationally over the NBA League Pass. With the NBA best bet we will play on the Houston Rockets +3 points against the Portland Trailblazers. The line used for the NBA pick today is courtesy of Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The Portland Trailblazers opened in the betting line as a -3 ½ point favorite with a total of 196 points. Money from the NBA bettors has shown on Houston as the Rockets are now favored by -3 points. The over under has crept up a notch to a current line of 196 ½ points. Those who bet on Portland on the money line will receive -140 odds. If you believe the Houston Rockets can win outright tonight your return on the money line is +130 odds for the wager.
The Rockets have had good success against the Trailblazers with three wins and covers in their past three meetings with two games played between the teams in the 2011-12 season. They have had an outstanding road trip posting three straight wins at Chicago, LA Lakers and the Sacramento Kings last night in a 14 point blowout win. Near the end of March the Rockets have a notable home win against a hot Memphis Grizzlies team by 9 points. Rockets head coach Kevin McHale made the switch to Goran Dragic to the point guard position and that has made a huge difference in the offensive execution for the Rockets. Dragic has put up huge numbers for Houston as the guard has averaged over 20 points and over 7 assists over his past six games. In 56 games this season for Houston Dragic is shooting 46.6% from the field. A good addition for the Rockets lineup is Marcus Camby who gave the Rockets a much need presence down in the low paint to help center Samuel Dalembert. The good news today for the Rockets who play a back to back is the fact Dalembert played just 26 minutes and Camby a mere 12 minutes last night. They will be fresh to contain the Trailblazers big men in the low post. A big plus for the Rockets off the bench is not just Dalembert but they come in strong with Kyle Lowry and sharp shooter Chase Budinger who delivers the Rockets that much needed energy when he is summoned into the game.
The Trailblazers have faded out of the playoff picture as they sit in the 11th spot and 3 ½ games behind the 8th seeded Denver Nuggets with just nine games remaining on the schedule. Seems like difficult task for Portland now because they must now pass two more teams to make it to the 8th spot so it appears the Blazers are headed to the lottery. Portland is a disappointment because of inefficient guard play from Raymond Felton, Wesley Matthews and Jamal Crawford. Poor ball handling and decision making at the guard positions can ruin a team. Bet the Rockets with the points at the sports books.