NBA: Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets Predictions, Odds for Feb. 2

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NBA: Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets Predictions, Odds for Feb. 2

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It’s the first time the Toronto Raptors (17-30) and Houston Rockets (22-25) meet up this season, with both teams struggling of late, as the NBA trade deadline fast approaches (Feb. 8). The Raptors make their one and only visit to Houston and enter Friday’s contest having won four consecutive games against the Rockets. If you’re betting online, check out this preview. 

Raptors vs. Rockets Details

Date: Feb. 2, 2024

Time: 8:00 p.m. EST

Location: Toyota Center (Houston, TX.)

How to watch: TV: Sportsnet; Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto

Raptors Insights

The big question on the betting front for the Raptors this morning is the health of SG RJ Barrett (knee), C Jakob Poeltl (ankle) and SG Immanuel Quickley (thigh contusion). The Raptors have especially missed Poeltl’s size up the middle (7-foot-0, 260 pounds). He’s been out since early January. All three players are listed as questionable for tonight, but Poeltl and Quickley have been practicing with the team, according to reporting. 

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The Raptors are 1-1 in their season-long tying six game road trip (Jan. 28 - Feb. 7) after defeating the Chicago Bulls 118-107 on Tuesday. The win snapped a five-game losing streak as well as five consecutive games on the road, for the Raptors. Toronto shot .518 (43-for-83) from the floor Tuesday, improving to 11-8 on the season when shooting .500-or-better from the field. The Raptors shot .505 (168-333) from the field in the four-game season series against the Chicago Bulls which was settled at two games apiece.

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Likely starting lineup tonight is SF Scottie Barnes, just snubbed for the All-Star game, SF Bruce Brown (trade candidate?), C Thaddeus Young, SG Gary Trent Jr., and PG Dennis Schroder. 

Rockets Insights

It’s the first game for PG Fred VanVleet against his former team, the one he won an NBA championship with in 2019, before signing as a free agent with Houston last summer. So emotions are high for VanVleet, who’s 30 now. He’s been good – 16.8 points per game, 3.8 rebounds, 8.4 assists, and a 40.8 FG%.

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F Tari Eason has been out with a lower leg issue. The big news, though: C Alperen Sengun has an illness and is questionable for tonight, according to ESPN this morning. Plus, the Rockets just made a deal – acquiring C Steven Adams from the Memphis Grizzlies for G Victor Oladipo and three second round draft picks, ESPN is also reporting. Adams is still out with a knee injury.

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The Rockets dropped to a season-worst three games under .500 with their 110-99 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. They missed 31 of 44 three pointers in the game (29.5%). 

Player Props

According to BetMGM, Sengun Over 10.5 Rebounds (1.87), Over 5.5 Assists (2.05) and Over 39.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists (1.90) are leading the way when it comes to most bet player props this morning. 

At FanDuel, it’s Jalen Green to Score 15+ Points (1.17), To Score 20+ Points (1.63), To Record 4+ Rebounds (1.36), and VanVleet to Score 15+ Points (1.61) leading the way. 

Raptors vs. Rockets Betting Odds: Our Picks & Predictions

Moneyline 2.50 (Raptors), 1.53 (Rockets)

Spread +4 1.90 (Raptors), -4 1.90 (Rockets)

Over/Under 231.5 

On the NBA betting front, it’s tougher to make a call here, with Poeltl and Quickley practicing with the team. The Raptors are 2-8 in their last ten games, so the Moneyline value is questionable for this game. However, with key players out on both sides, go with the Under in this one. If you’re going to bet the spread, go with the Rockets -4, looking at the Raptors’ road record – 7-17 -and the Rockets’ record of 17-9 at home. 

888 SportRaptors 2.50, Rockets 1.53Raptors +4.5 (1.90), Rockets -4.5 (1.85)231.5, 1.90 on the Over, 1.90 on the Under
BetMGMRaptors 2.55, Rockets 1.53Raptors +4.5 (1.87), Rockets -4.5 (1.95)231.5, 1.91 on the Over, 1.91 on the Under
PointsBet CanadaRaptors 2.50, Rockets 1.56Raptors +4 (1.91), Rockets -4 (1.91)231.5, 1.91 on the Over, 1.91 on the Under

Odds as of 11:30 a.m. EST

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