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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets Pick & Prediction JAN 28TH 2021

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Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, Christian Wood added a double-double and the host Houston Rockets erased an early 20-point deficit in defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 104-101 on Thursday.

Oladipo scored a driving layup with 26.2 seconds left to secure a three-point lead for Houston, which sealed its fourth consecutive victory with free throws from Wood and Eric Gordon down the stretch.

Portland hit 17 of 41 3-pointers but failed to force overtime when Anfernee Simons missed a contested trey at the buzzer.

Simons hit 4 of 9 from long range and scored 14 off the bench, complementing the sharpshooting of Damian Lillard (5 of 11 on 3-pointers, 30 points) and Gary Trent Jr., who had a stretch of three consecutive treys in the third quarter and two in a row in the fourth that cut what was a 13-point deficit to one at 86-85.

Trent scored 23 points for the Trail Blazers, who were without injured starters CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic.

Wood returned from a three-game injury hiatus and paired 22 points with 12 rebounds. John Wall added 20 points, five rebounds and six assists for Houston, which trailed 30-10 with 2:51 left in the first. Oladipo added seven rebounds and five assists.

The Rockets overcame what was a miserable start, missing their first seven shots and 13 of 16 while the Trail Blazers raced to a 25-8 lead. Lillard had 13 points and three assists in the opening quarter to pace Portland, but Houston found a rhythm by turning defense into offense, fueling its comeback with transition points.

Houston tallied 15 fast-break points in the second quarter, and eventually cut the deficit to four at 39-35 with 5:27 left before halftime.

Lillard responded with a driving layup, assisted on an Enes Kanter (13 points, 13 rebounds) basket and then hit a 3-pointer to momentarily stem the tide. But the Rockets kept running and dunking, with a transition dunk by Wood resulting in the first lead of the game for Houston at 49-48 with 1:37 left in the first half.

--Field Level Media

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Toronto Raptors1616.500 7-79-9112.7110.3L16-0-4
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Chicago Bulls1416.467 6-98-7114.7114.8L16-0-4
Cleveland Cavaliers1121.344 8-93-12104.0113.3L101-0-9
Detroit Pistons922.290 6-83-14107.7111.7L34-0-6

Western Conference

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Last Injuries

Houston Rockets

  • DeMarcus Cousins

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Cousins sat out the last game with a right heel injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active for Wednesday's clash with the Cavaliers.

  • Christian Wood

    Early March | out

    Wood is sidelined due to a right ankle sprain, and he is not expected to return until the early part of March.

  • Eric Gordon

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Gordon is nursing an ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the court against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

  • P.J. Tucker

    Prob Wed | probable

    Tucker is managing a left quad injury, but he is projected to face the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

  • P.J. Tucker

    Prob Mon | probable

    Tucker sat out the last two contest with a left thigh contusion, but he is likely to be available to face the Bulls on Monday.

  • Eric Gordon

    Prob Wed | probable

    Gordon missed the last game due to a right groin injury, but he is expected to be active against the 76ers on Wednesday.

  • Ray Spalding

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Spalding was forced from the previous contest due to an Achilles injury, and it is up in the air if he will line up against the 76ers on Wednesday.

  • John Wall

    Prob Sat | probable

    wall is dealing with an ankle injury, but is likely to be in the lineup Saturday versus the Knicks.

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Harry Giles III

    Out indefinitely | out

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  • CJ McCollum

    Early March | out

    McCollum is likely to be out of commission until at least the beginning of March due to a fractured left foot.

  • Rodney Hood

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Hood has sat out the last two contests with a left foot sprain, and it is unclear if he will be active against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

  • CJ Elleby

    Porb Fri | probable

    Elleby missed his previous game with an illness, but he is likely to suit up Friday versus the Cavaliers.

  • Nassir Little

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Little has been held out of the previous four games due to a left knee sprain, but he is likely to take the court Thursday versus the 76ers.