NBA – TUE 3/5 | 8:00 PM EST | SCOTIABANK ARENA
The Houston Rockets picked up their fifth straight victory as they rolled over Boston in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. Houston entered Monday fifth in the Western Conference standings, six game behind the Warriors for the top spot. Houston led by 10 after the opening quarter and 22 at the half: they didn’t allow Boston to get closer than eight after that. They shot 47.5 percent from the field, including 21 of 51 from three-point range, and overcame missing 11 of 29 free throw attempts in the win. James Harden led Houston with 42 points plus seven boards in the victory.
The Toronto Raptors had won two straight and nine of ten before ending up falling in overtime to the Pistons on the road. Toronto entered Monday second in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind the Bucks: they own a 5.5 game edge over the 76ers in the Atlantic Division. Toronto trailed by five after the opening quarter and three at the half before going up five after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Toronto rallied from a six-point deficit with 2:55 to play to force overtime. Toronto led 107-102 in overtime but went scoreless over the final 2:22, giving up the final 10 points to lose. They shot 38.5 percent from the field, including 14 of 39 from three-point range, but turned the ball over 15 times. Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 35 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the loss.
I’m projecting 214 points for Rockets-Raptors, giving us a strong play on the Under. This game won’t be as fast-paced as the first meeting in Houston was.