The Houston Rockets are just 5-18 on the road this season. But they will face the Toronto Raptors on Friday, February 9th, 2024 (7:40 PM ET). The Raptors, who have struggled over the last month, are favored in the game at -3.0 (bet365). They are coming off of a rare win these days, having won their last game against the Charlotte Hornets. My Rockets vs Raptors prediction is that the former team will win, at least with the help of their small handicap.
NBA Game Preview at a Glance
Away: Houston Rockets
Home: Toronto Raptors
Game time: Friday, February 9th, 2024 @ 7:40 PM ET
Rockets vs Raptors odds (home team’s spread): -3.0 (bet365)
Houston vs Toronto Prediction: Latest NBA News
Houston last played on Tuesday, a game that they lost to the Indiana Pacers. It was the team’s second straight loss to start a four-game road trip. Houston is now 23-27 overall and the promise that they showed in the early stages of the season seems to be history. The team has gone just 5-10 in their last 15 games. But they did beat the Raptors on February 2nd 135-106. That was a result that came from a game Houston hosted but a 29-point spread is not to be taken lightly from a game just a week ago.
Houston Rockets injuries: recent news
Fred VanVleet remains out for this game, the team’s starting point guard. Also, Tari Eason is expected to miss the upcoming game, a bench player on the team. Those are two important players for Houston, especially Van Vleet. He has logged huge minutes so far this season.
Double-check for playing status updates with Houston (00:31 ET time of writing):: Team’s Depth Chart
Toronto has not enjoyed success in recent weeks. As per the chart below, they are just 3-12 over the last month. It’s this stretch of games that has put a major damper on their playoff chances this season. However, there is still the play-in tournament as a dangling carrot for this struggling club. They are four wins back of the Atlanta Hawks for the 10th spot at this point.
Toronto Raptors: Recent Form Alert
Formerly: 15 – 21 heading into January 9th, 2024
Currently: 18 – 33 (overall)
Recent form: 3 – 12 since January 9th, 2024
Recent winning rate: .200
Toronto Raptors injuries: recent news
Toronto has a couple of new players. They gained Ocha Agbaji and Kelly Olynyk on Thursday. It’s not clear if they will be playing on Friday against Houston. Toronto also traded Dennis Schroder and Thaddeus Young, meaning the Raptors enter this game on Friday down some players who were run in for the team’s systems. Toronto could be out of sync at some points in Friday’s game.
Double-check status updates Toronto (00:31 ET time of writing):: Team’s Depth Chart
Rockets vs Raptors Prediction: Betting Tips
Bettors should be taking the Houston Rockets in this game at +3.0 (bet365). Houston is the hungrier team at this point, despite recent struggles. Furthermore, you cannot like backing the Raptors after the moves that they’ve made over the last several weeks. They feel like a team that is focused on next season at this point more than this one.
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