You really can’t consider the Portland Trail Blazers‘ win in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series a shocker, although most people would agree that they didn’t necessarily expect to see the Houston Rockets shoot just 41% from the field, with James Harden being so off the mark offensively.
So as you can imagine, there is quite a bit of room for improvement as these teams get together for Wednesday’s Game 2 of NBA playoff betting action at the Toyota Center, with tip-off scheduled for 9:35 PM ET.
These teams fought tooth-and-nail all the way down to the end of regulation, then went to a five-minute overtime in which 30 points were scored. The difference was just a couple more points on the part of the Blazers, who were missing one of their big guns, who had fouled out by that time.
In the NBA playoff betting odds that have been established on this game by the people at VietBet, the Rockets are favored:
Houston Rockets -6
Portland Trail Blazers +6
Over 214.5 points -110
Under 214.5 points -110
When it came to two of the All-Stars who were involved in Sunday night’s Game 1 between these teams, it was a tale of contrasting results. LaMarcus Aldridge, the Portland power forward who has really sparked this team’s roll since his return to the lineup, scored 46 points and had 18 rebounds in what was a dominant performance before he ultimately fouled out. The Blazers have now won ten of 11 games since Aldridge came back from a seven-game injury absence, and don’t think that point is lost on NBA playoff bettors.
Houston got a lot of activity out of shooting guard James Harden, but unfortunately there were not a lot of positive results. Although he had 27 points on the evening, Harden made only eight of his 28 shot attempts, which means that he was putting up a lot of bad shots. When guys like Harden start missing, they have a tendency to force shot attempts. He told reporters that he was not attacking the hoop the way he needed to. His answer for Game 2 will be to get, in his words, “more aggressive,” which likely means shot closer to the basket.
VietBet customers know that Harden is about as explosive as they come, and is capable of turning things around all by himself. But coach Terry Stotts has committed himself to a defensive strategy of making every shot difficult for Harden, and that’s because they recognize that when he wants his shots, he is going to throw them up no matter how many people are on top of him.
Will the Blazers continue to play that to their advantage? They’ll try, but the Rockets had better worry about blanketing Damian Lillard a little more effectively. That is Patrick Beverley’s stock-in-trade, and he will once again be looking to get in Lillard’s face.
NBA playoff bettors should make special note of the fact that the last seven meetings, over a period of 14 months, have gone over the posted total. And these teams haven’t necessarily had to shoot lights-out to do it. They just hoist a LOT of three-pointers; in fact, they combined for 62 attempts from downtown on Sunday night. It’s just that Houston would like to do a little better than the 23% they achieved in Game 1.
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