Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Feb 01, 2024

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The Toronto Raptors continue a six-game road trip on Friday night with a visit to the Houston Rockets.

February 02, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
Toyota Center
Pointspread +4.5 -115
Moneyline +150
Over / Under o +232.5
Pointspread -4.5 -105
Moneyline -185
Over / Under u +232.5

The Raptors play their first game of February on Friday when they visit former Dinos All-Star point guard Fred VanVleet and the much-improved Houston Rockets.

Houston will be favoured on the NBA odds but by how much depends on a few injured Toronto players.

Raptors vs. Rockets NBA Betting Odds

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. That might apply to the 2023-24 Houston Rockets. The Toronto Raptors didn’t try very hard to re-sign former All-Star point guard Fred VanVleet – one of the most popular players in franchise history – this offseason, and he got three years and $130 million (US) from the Rockets this summer and has been a catalyst for one of the NBA’s most improved teams.

Houston won 22 games all of last season and already has tied that total. While VanVleet certainly gets some credit, so does first-year coach Ime Udoka. He previously had one of the best jobs in the NBA as coach of the Boston Celtics, including leading them to the 2022 NBA Finals, but was suspended for the entire 2022-23 season for some off-court issues, and the Celtics simply wanted to move on after that so Houston pounced last April. Any team could have had Udoka.

Still no sure thing the Rockets even reach the play-in tournament in the deep Western Conference but with a ton of young talent, this franchise is definitely on the rise. It’s the first meeting of the season with the Raptors as Houston and VanVleet visit Toronto next Friday.

Toronto trails the series 29-25 but has won four straight – tied for the longest streak by either team in series history — and two in a row in Houston, where it is just 7-20 all-time. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings overall.

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors were again without RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley and Jakob Poeltl due to injury on Tuesday in Chicago but upset a short-handed Bulls team, 118-107, to snap a five-game losing streak despite trailing by 16 in the second quarter. It was an interesting starting lineup around Scottie Barnes (13 points, seven assists) with Gary Trent Jr. (24 points), Bruce Brown (19 points, seven rebounds), Dennis Schroder (16 points, 10 assists) and Thaddeus Young (16 points) joining Barnes. Journeyman Jordan Nwora was terrific off the bench again with 17 points in 19 minutes. While Nwora has bounced around a bit since being a 2020 second-round pick by the Bucks, he’s still only 25. The better Brown plays, meanwhile, the more the Dinos can get for him in a potential trade ahead of next week’s deadline. Toronto totaled 34 assists to tie the NBA record (set by the 1984-85 Lakers) with 30 consecutive games of at least 25. Quickley and Poeltl both practiced in full Thursday, so that bodes well for them Friday. Barrett was limited. No word on backup centre Jontay Porter, who left Tuesday early with back spasms. The Raptors are 3-6 ATS in their past nine.

Houston Rockets

Young teams often have pretty drastic home/road splits and that’s the case for Houston, which is 17-9 at home and 5-16 on the road. Only NBA-worst Detroit has fewer road wins. The Rockets caught a break on Wednesday against visiting the visiting Pelicans as they were without injured starters Zion Williamson and Herb Jones, but New Orleans won regardless 110-99. Houston shot just 40.2 per cent from the field compared to 50 per cent for the Pels, who absolutely dominated on the boards as well. Jalen Green led the Rockets with 31 points and Fred VanVleet had 16 points and five assists, but Jabari Smith, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2022 draft, had zero points and was minus-19 in 22 minutes in his second game back after missing four with an ankle injury. Smith really sums up this team: Can be great one night and bad the next. Houston is 4-9 ATS in its past 13.

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