Raptors vs Rockets Picks and Predictions for March 22

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Updated: March 22, 2021

The only positive for Houston over its 20-game losing streak is that it finally has Christian Wood back. He’s averaging 22 points and 9.3 rebounds in three games since returning from an ankle injury.

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It’s a matchup only bettors could love. One team looks like the worst in the NBA, while the other looks like the worst team in the NBA. Yes, the Toronto Raptors visit the Houston Rockets in a matchup of teams that have lost 28 consecutive basketball games.

Despite the fact the Raptors have lost eight in a row, they are sizable favorites. Most likely because the Rockets have dropped an incredible 20 straight. But should you have any faith in laying 8.5-points with the Raps?

Find out with our NBA free picks and predictions for Raptors vs. Rockets on Monday, March 22, with tipoff scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET.

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Injuries

Raptors: No injuries to report.
Rockets: D.J. Augustin PG (Questionable), Victor Oladipo SG (Out), Eric Gordon SG (Out), David Nwaba SF (Out), Dante Exum PG (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Over is 6-1 in the Raptors’ last seven games as a road favorite, while the Over is 4-2 in the Rockets’ last six home games. Find more NBA betting trends for Raptors vs. Rockets.

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Oddsmakers opened the Raptors as 8.5-point chalk for this matchup of NBA bottom feeders, with a total of 224.5. The Over/Under has seen the action moving down to 221.5 before bouncing back to 223. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Against the spread (ATS) pick

The Raptors bounced back from a 2-8 start to the season, reaching the .500 mark at 17-17, which included a streak where they swept the Bucks in back-to-back games in Milwaukee and took one from the Philadelphia 76ers. Things were looking up for the Raps. 

Then, the Raptors had to deal with a COVID outbreak, and arguably their three best players this season – Pascal Siakam, leading-scorer Fred VanVleet, and OG Anunoby, all missed significant time, and Toronto hasn’t won a game since. 

Now, everyone is back, but the wins still haven’t come. Toronto almost upset arguably the best team in the NBA in the Utah Jazz last Friday night, covering as 4.5-point underdogs, but followed that up with an embarrassing effort, falling 116-105 as 7.5-point chalk against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

On the other side, what else can be said about the Rockets that hasn’t been said already? They stink. They haven’t won a game since Feb. 4 and while nothing has been good, it’s the offense that has really struggled. They rank dead last in the NBA in offensive rating and effective field goal percentage over that stretch.

And you can’t really even make the case that they’ve been close to turning things around, going just 2-18 ATS in that stretch. If there’s a glimmer of hope, it’s that center Christian Wood has been back for three games now and it appears he is a full go after putting up 27 points and grabbing eight boards in 36 minutes on Sunday in the Rockets’ heartbreaking 114-112 loss to the Thunder. And the Raptors can have trouble defending opposing centers.

In the end, however, the Raptors have no bite and the Rockets have no lift. But there’s no way you could feel comfortable eating all that chalk with a Raptors team that hasn’t put together a solid 48 minutes this month. Take the points, then look away.

PREDICTION: Rockets +8.5 (-110)

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Over/Under pick

It’s interesting that the total for this matchup has seen more movement than the side early on. It’s really hard to know what to make of the Raptors at this point. In the three games with their starters back, they have lost to Detroit and Cleveland badly but almost beat Utah, averaging 109.7 points per game. Now, they face a Rockets defense that ranks 27th in defensive rating during the 20-game slide. 

While the Rockets have had the worst offense in the Association during this unfathomable losing streak, they put up 112 last time out against OKC and face a Raptors defense that ranks dead last in defensive rating this month, and just allowed the Cavs to shoot over 50 percent from the floor, including 52 percent from deep. These two defenses should be bad enough to send this one Over.

PREDICTION: Over 223 (-110)

Player prop pick

Norman Powell became the Raptors’ No. 1 option when half the team was dealing with COVID, and he excelled, putting up 28.7 points per game. But he’s come back down to Earth the last two games, where all of the Raptors’ starters have been available, scoring 17 and 18 points respectively in those contests.

His point total looks just a little high for a Raptors team still trying to get its groove back and figure out what’s working all over again.

PREDICTION: Norman Powell Under 20.5 Points (-120)

Raptors vs Rockets betting card

  • Rockets +8.5 (-110)
  • Over 223 (-110)
  • Norman Powell Under 20.5 Points (-120)

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