With just four games left in regular-season play, the Portland Trail Blazers are peaking at the right time to be dangerous in the postseason.
The Blazers are coming off a third-straight win on Saturday night vs. the Spurs and have won seven of their last eight games. Portland is now just a half game back from the Dallas Mavericks in the race for the Western Conference’s fifth seed.
On Monday, Portland will welcome the Houston Rockets for the third time this season. The series is tied 1-1.
After trailing by as many as 21 points in the third quarter, Houston managed to come away with just an 8-point loss Saturday night vs. the NBA-leading Utah Jazz. Khyri Thomas and KJ Martin each notched 27 points, each career highs. The Rockets have now lost five-straight games and 20 of their past 23 games.
The Trail Blazers are 14-point favorites against the Rockets on Monday, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
MONEYLINE: -- Trail Blazers: -1226 -- Rockets: +775
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Monday, May 10
Where: Moda Center | Portland, OR
Start time: 7:00 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Portland F Carmelo Anthony (right ankle, sprain) and F/C Zach Collins (left ankle, stress fracture) are out for tonight’s game vs. Houston.
For the Rockets, Christian Wood (right ankle; soreness), Avery Bradley (personal reasons), Sterling Brown (head/face; lacerations), Dante Exum (right calf; strain), Eric Gordon (right groin; strain), David Nwaba (right wrist; sprain), Kevin Porter Jr. (left ankle; sprain), John Wall (right hamstring; strain) and D.J. Wilson (health and safety protocols) are out.
Projected starting lineup:
For the Blazers – • Damian Lillard • CJ McCollum • Norman Powell • Robert Covington • Jusuf Nurkic
For the Rockets–
• Anthony Lamb • Jae’Sean Tate • Kenyon Martin Jr. • Daquan Jeffries • D.J. Augustin
What happened last time:
The Rockets last defeated the Blazers on Jan. 28, 104-101. During that matchup, Victor Oladipo scored 25 points while Damian Lillard added 30 points for Portland. Oladipo was traded to Miami in March at the NBA’s trade deadline in exchange for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a 2022 pick-swap.