NBA Predictions: Portland Trail Blazers to Cover Against Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves to Win Versus Toronto Raptors

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By James Patrick Quizon | March 10, 2014 4:44 AM EST

Betting Lines: Portland Trail Blazers (+5.5) vs. Houston Rockets (O/U: 213.0)
Game time: 10:00 am AEDT

The Blazers are coming off a loss to the Dallas Mavericks. They trailed by as many as 30 points and came back to make it a close game but couldn’t pull-off the come-from-behind victory. The Rockets are on a high with a win over defending champions Miami Heat.

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NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves

Picks: Over, Blazers to cover 5.5 spread,
Prediction: Houston Rockets 120, Portland Trail Blazers 116

Betting Against the Spread (ATS)

Portland Trail Blazers Trends
- The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on the road
- The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. West teams
- The Trail Blazers are 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 games vs. Southwest division teams

Houston Rockets Trends
- The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games
- The Rockets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. West teams
- The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games at home

Betting Lines: Toronto Raptors (+4.5) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (208.0)
Game time: 10:00 am AEDT

Toronto has dominated Minnesota in recent meetings with six in a row dating back to February of 2011. The last one was last January when they won 94-89 in Toronto led by Kyle Lowry with 24 points and 6 assists. Payback time for the T'Wolves, which is trying very hard to challenge for at least the 8th spot in the tough Western Conference.

Picks: Over, Minnesota to cover the 4.5 spread and win the game
Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves 108, Toronto Raptors 103

Betting Against the Spread (ATS)

Toronto Raptors Trends
- The Raptors are 24-9-1 ATS in their last 34 games
- The Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Northwest division teams
- The Raptors are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games on the road

Minnesota Timberwolves Trends
- The Timberwolves are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 game vs. East teams
- The Timberwolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Atlantic division teams
- The Timberwolves are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games vs. the Raptors in Minnesota

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NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves
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