The Houston Rockets (38-25) will enter the game Tuesday night playing some of their best basketball of the season. They are fresh off a dominant win over the Boston Celtics and have a five-game winning streak going (that includes a big win over Golden State).
The Toronto Raptors (46-18) enter Tuesday night’s game against Houston coming off a disappointing overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons—but without Kawhi Leonard in the lineup. In games following ones Leonard sat out, the Raptors are 9-2 this year.
When they played back in late January, the Rockets led from the start but then had to hold off a late charge by the Raptors to win by two.
Houston enters the game relatively healthy with all their primary players expected to play (Kenneth Faried and Iman Shumpert are questionable). Toronto is healthy but is still figuring out how Marc Gasol, Jeremy Lin, and Patrick McCaw will fit into the big picture.
The Rockets are 19-9 when a healthy Clint Capela, Chris Paul, and James Harden start. Toronto has beaten Houston in nine of the Rockets last 11 trips north of the border.
Spread: Raptors by 3.5
Both teams are playing excellent basketball right now which should make this an incredible game to watch. Toronto has a slight advantage since the game is on their court, but the Rockets will keep this one close. Take Houston and the points.
With the potential that both teams have for putting up points, the over should be a lock.
Money line: Raptors -160; Rockets +140
Houston will push Toronto throughout the game, but in the end, the Raptors will come out ahead.
*Odds via bet365