Both teams head into this contest with an overtime loses in their previous games in NBL Basketball 2019-20. Houston Rockets is coming off with a 135-133 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs despite James Harden scoring 50 points. The Raptors enters into this game with a 121-110 defeat by the Miami Heat in the overtime period on Tuesday.
Raptors’ Last Game
The Heat destroyed their 11-point lead in the third quarter and went through the fourth up to 83-81, later increased their lead to 8 points with 4:57 to play in regulation. The Raptors rebounded emphatically to a one-point lead in the final minute before Butler scored a free throw to tie the game 108-108 at the buzzer. In the overtime period, the Heat destroyed the Raptors with a 13-2 run and never looked back.
Norman Powell led the Raptors with 23 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal. Fred VanVleet added 19 points with six assists and three steals while Pascal Siakam chipped in 15 points only. Heat’ Jimmy Butler and Duncan Robinson scored 22 points apiece.
Rockets’ Previous Match
In another game, the Spurs won the thriller against Rockets after two periods of overtime. The Rockets took a lead of 22-points in the second half and were up by 13-points with less than 8 minutes to play in regulation. Then, James Harden had a wide open dunk in the fourth quarter that referee did not count and later the Rockets suffered a 135-133 double-overtime loss to Spurs.
James Harden led the Rockets with 50 points. Clint Capela scored 22 points while Russell Westbrook added 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Austin Rivers chipped in 19 points, Ben McLemore added 11 and P.J. Tucker scored 10.
Team’s Form and Scoring Ability
The Raptors are in excellent shape with a 15-5 record and are placed third in the Eastern Conference standings. The club saw their seven-game win streak snapped as they suffered their overtime defeat to Miami Heat last game. Raptors are average in both offensive and defensive end of the game, scored 113.1 points per game while allowed 105 points per game on the season.
Coming to opponents, Houston also snapped their two-game winning streak as the club registered their fourth loss in six games with a defeat against Spurs last game. Rockets sits seventh in the Western Conference league table with a 13-7 record. Rockets are good in offensive end but are lacking in defensive end of the game, scored 120.9 points per game while allowed 115.5 points per game on the season.
Raptors vs Rockets Betting Tips
Even though the Raptors have the home advantage, it is hard to see the Rockets falling away. Toronto should put up a better fight on their home floor, but it’s hard to see how they can counter the likes of James Harden. Raptors are favorites to win this game here, but we are expecting a tight match here which can go either way. We suggest you to place the bets on the Total Points.