Rockets vs. Raptors odds, line: NBA picks, predictions from computer model on 52-37 roll
Two teams expecting to drive deep in the NBA playoffs face off Tuesday when the Toronto Raptors play host to the Houston Rockets at 8 p.m. ET. The Raptors (46-18) are on a 9-2 run and No. 2 in the Eastern Conference, while the Rockets (38-25) are on a five-game winning streak. Houston won a 121-119 thriller at home on Jan. 25, but now the venue has changed. Toronto is a 3.5-point favorite in the latest Rockets vs. Raptors odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 227.5. Before making any Raptors vs. Rockets picks of your own, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, is crushing its NBA picks. It entered Week 21 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 234-178 record on all top-rated picks, returning more than $4,000 to anybody following them. And it has been particularly red-hot on its A-rated NBA picks against the spread, entering Week 21 on a strong 52-37 run. Anybody who has followed it is way up.
Now the model has dialed in on Raptors vs. Rockets. We can tell you it’s leaning under, but it has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in over 50 percent of simulations. That one is available exclusively at SportsLine.
The model knows the Raptors have won nine of their past 11 games, with both losses coming when the team elected to rest Kawhi Leonard. The star is expected to play Tuesday, and Toronto is one of the NBA’s toughest home teams, with a stellar 27-6 record and a 7.6-point average margin of victory. Meanwhile, the Rockets are just 16-16 on the road and their 12-19-1 against-the-spread record is third-worst in the NBA.
But just because Toronto is strong at home doesn’t guarantee it’ll cover the Raptors vs. Rockets spread Tuesday.
The Rockets’ overall 16-16 road record isn’t spectacular, but they’ve won their past three away from home and seven of 10, including victories over the Warriors and Celtics. And they’re healthy. Houston is 19-9 when James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela all play.
Harden had 35 points the past time these teams met, a game in which the Rockets never trailed. Now the game is in Canada and Toronto is a slight favorite, but the Raptors haven’t fared well in that role. When the spread is between -2 and -5, they’ve covered just three out of 14 times.
Who wins Rockets vs. Raptors? And which side of the spread can you bank on in over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Rockets vs. Raptors spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $4,000 on its NBA picks this season, and find out.