NBA Playoffs Houston vs Portland Game 2 Preview
The NBA Playoffs continue with game 2 between the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trailblazers.
Portland is up 1-0 after a thrilling 122-120 win in overtime after a collapse by the Houston Rockets who were up by 10 points with around 4 minutes to go in the game.
Portland hacked Dwight Howard repeatedly to send the 50% roughly free throw shooter to the line that led to a run that sent the game to overtime.
Here is the thing Dwight Howard with 4 minutes left in the game is not worth being on the floor, there is no justification to it. He will get fouled and that isn’t a good thing for your team for multiple reasons. First the rest of the players in Houston get out of rhythm offensively, secondly the other team gets the ball back with a maximum of 2 points scored on them and on average just 1 point.
Dwight Howard defensively is just not that good, that leaving him on the floor is a positive proposition for the Houston Rockets. Sit his ass on the bench and they probably win game 1. It will be a permanently liability for the Houston Rockets and there is no reason to trust Dwight Howard and here is why.
Dwight Howard shoots free throws around 50% and this is being in the NBA, with coaches, training, specialists for years to improve his free throw shooting. After all of that he is still a 50% free throw shooter, that is why you can’t trust that all of a sudden he will make the shots, he can’t do it. He might someday figure it out but right now he is a liability when the other team starts fouling, take his ass out.
Houston Rockets vs Portland Trailblazers Game 2 Odds
Odds are from Bet 365 Online Sportsbook
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To Win The Game Straight Up
Example Bet: $5 on Portland Wins $15.75 if they win the game, even if its overtime.
This means that the Houston Rockets have to win by 7 points or more to win this bet. If Houston wins by 6 you get your money back and its a wash on either side. If Houston wins 95-90 then Portland wins this bet as you add 6 points so 96 Portland vs 95 Houston.
Game 1 had 242 Total Points 122-120
Houston Rockets vs Portland Trailblazers Game 2 Predictions
I would first like to say I have Portland before the series started to win the series. I think Houston isn’t that good actually, with James Harden being overrated. James Harden is aggressive that means he takes a lot of shots and drives to the hole to get to the foul line a lot. He isn’t a great shooter and that showed in game 1 where he missed 20 shots. He takes as many shots as Carmelo Anthony but isn’t as talented shooter as him unfortunately.
Portland played incredible in Game 1 and barely beat a team that had Harden missing 20 shots. Despite being Houston being over rated, I am changing my mind and taking Houston to win game 2 and the series. Portland should have been able to win before then, and I think Houston is the better team in the series, but will probably get stomped in the second round. I also like the Under because 214.5 is really high for the playoffs.
Prediction: Houston 116-98
Enjoy Game 2 of the Houston Rockets vs the Portland Trailblazers!