Raptors vs Rockets NBA Week 15 Odds, Preview & Prediction.

Raptors vs Rockets NBA Week 15 Odds, Preview & Prediction

Written by on January 25, 2019

The marquee matchup of Friday night around the NBA is very clear: Raptors at Rockets on ESPN as Kawhi Leonard, arguably the NBA’s top defender, faces off against the league’s leading scorer in James Harden. Bet on the game by visiting our online sportsbook, where we have numerous NBA odds for all games and sports on the planet.

How to Bet Raptors vs Rockets NBA Week 15 Odds & Game Info

Season Series

First meeting. Toronto swept last year and has won three of the past four meetings after losing three of the previous four. Houston has lost two straight at home after winning 18 of the first 21. The Raptors are looking to win three straight for the first time since 12/21/05-2/28/07.

Last year, the Raptors outscored the Rockets 118.5 ppg to 109.0 and outshot Houston 50.3% to 45.6%. James Harden averaged 39.0 ppg (49.6% FGs) but had 15 assists with 13 turnovers. Clint Capela averaged 12.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg. Kyle Lowry averaged 24.5 ppg (53.8% FGs) and 8.0 apg for the Raptors.

Why Bet on Toronto?

The Raptors had a three-game winning streak snapped in a 110-106 loss at Indiana on Wednesday in which Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard sat again. After jumping to a 24-16 lead at the end of one quarter, extending the margin to 30-10 early in the second and finishing the half on a 9-4 run to make it 59-47 at the half, the Pacers fended off the Raptors’ late charges. Toronto got as close as 98-97 after Ibaka made a 5-footer with 4:20 to play. Toronto dropped to 8-2 on the second night of back-to-backs and 11-3 this season without Leonard.

Serge Ibaka made 11-of-19 shots to finish with 23 points on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and zero turnovers in 35 minutes. Ibaka continues to roll along with double-digit scoring in 11 straight games. He’s getting 7.2 rebounds per game in January. Pascal Siakam shot 5-of-16 from the field during Wednesday’s road loss, scoring 16 points with nine rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, and zero turnovers.

Kyle Lowry had 20 points, seven assists, five rebounds, three 3-pointers, one block, and a game-high six turnovers. In the past four games, Lowry is averaging 16.8 points, 2.5 triples, 5.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.8 blocks. Lowry is in one of his patented slumps at just 34.1% in January.

Lowry ranks second in the NBA (first among East players) averaging 9.7 assists. He also ranks first among East players with 10+ assist games (17). The four-time NBA All-Star was originally acquired from Houston in the summer of 2012 and currently leads the Raptors with 13 double-doubles. Lowry is averaging 19.5 points, 8.0 assists and shooting .438 (7-for-16) from three-point range the last two games (Jan. 22-23).

Leonard is expected to play here. Leonard scored a team-high 33 points Jan. 16 at Boston, marking his 20th consecutive game (Nov. 27-Jan. 16) with 20+ points – a career-high streak. He is averaging 29.7 points and shooting .523 from the field, .384 from three-point range and .858 at the free throw line during this stretch. Vince Carter holds the franchise-record scoring 20-or-more points in 23 straight games twice (last: Feb. 27 – Apr. 13, 2001). Leonard’s 20 consecutive games with at least 20 points is the longest in the NBA this season.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 113.84
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.23
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.40
  • Free Throw Percentage: 79.73
  • Total Rebounds: 44.94

Defense

  • Total Score: 108.24
  • Field Goal Percentage: 45.20
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.69
  • Free Throw Percentage: 76.41
  • Total Rebounds: 45.06

Why Bet on Houston?

The Rockets won 114-110 at the Knicks on Wednesday behind a career-high 61 points from James Harden, who is just going nuts. That tied a record for most points by a visitor at Madison Square Garden. Harden lit up the for 36 points in the first half, extending his string of 30-point games to 21 before halftime. The 36 points tied the Rockets’ record for most points in the first half, a record Harden himself set Jan. 14 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Harden’s 21 consecutive games with at least 30 points passed Wilt Chamberlain for the fourth-longest streak in NBA history. Harden still trails three different Chamberlain streaks, including the record-setting 65-game run Chamberlain put up in 1961-62 — the season he averaged an NBA record 50.4 points per game.

Raptors vs Rockets is going to be a close one.

Wednesday was Harden’s fifth consecutive game in which all of his points came without the benefit of an assist, a span of 261 points. His last assisted basket came on Jan. 13, off a pass from Clint Capela. In that run, Harden has recorded games of 57, 58, and 61 points. No other player in the past 20 seasons has scored more than 53 points without the benefit of an assist. Harden’s 261 points over his past five games are the second-most by any player in a five-game span over the past 50 seasons. Harden’s 61 points raised his season average to 36.3 points per game, which would be a career high but also would make him the sixth player in NBA history to average at least 35 PPG in a season.

Harden also became the first player ever to attempt at least 20 three-pointers and 20 free throws in a game and was the first player to drop 60 with 15 boards since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000. Over his previous four games, Harden has 58 shots with seven-plus dribbles, 42 with 3-6 dribbles, and just seven shots with no dribbles.

Could the Rockets get Chris Paul back Friday? Paul (strained left hamstring) is questionable. CP3 returned to practice last Friday, at which point coach Mike D’Antoni said he was “maybe a week away” from returning. Once he is cleared, Harden’s otherworldly offensive burden will be eased a bit.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 112.21
  • Field Goal Percentage: 44.46
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.82
  • Free Throw Percentage: 77.82
  • Total Rebounds: 41.91

Defense

  • Total Score: 110.72
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.54
  • Three-Point Percentage: 33.98
  • Free Throw Percentage: 76.92
  • Total Rebounds: 44.21

Raptors vs Rockets NBA Week 15 Betting Trends

  • Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Houston
  • Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings
  • Home team is 15-6-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings
  • Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings
  • Toronto is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • Toronto is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games
  • Houston is 11-3-1 ATS in its last 15 games at home
  • Houston is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 8 games at home

Expert NBA Betting Prediction for Raptors vs Rockets

Harden is amazing, but the Raptors are a better team. As long as Leonard plays, take Toronto.