The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and the Toronto Raptors are set to face the Houston Rockets on Friday night at the Scotiabank Arena after making several notable moves just before the deadline. These changes have raised some uncertainties for bettors ahead of the game. Toronto is back home after a disappointing 1-5 road trip and will be playing their next five games at home.
The Rockets, on the other hand, are playing the third game of a four-game road trip and will be travelling to Atlanta immediately after facing the Raptors for a back-to-back game with the Hawks.
The Rockets, with a 23-27 record, elected to remain inactive during the trade deadline while the Raptors were quite busy making multiple deals. The Rockets are still within reach of a play-in spot in the Western Conference, trailing the Utah Jazz by 1 1/2 games for the 10th seed. In their previous encounter with the Raptors, they had a convincing 135-106 win, with the absence of Fred VanVleet, who will miss the rematch due to a groin injury.
The Raptors, with an 18-33 record, have been actively reshaping their roster. Their recent deals with the Utah Jazz and the Brooklyn Nets have given them greater flexibility for the future. However, there are concerns about the availability of newly acquired players Kelly Olynyk and Ochai Agbaji for the upcoming game against the Rockets.
In terms of injury concerns, VanVleet, Tari Eason, and Jontay Porter will be unavailable for the Raptors while the Rockets do not have any prominent injuries to report.
Looking at betting trends, the Rockets have a good track record ATS in their recent games, while the over has hit in many of Toronto’s recent games. Both teams have shown a strong trend of hitting the over in past meetings.
The article also sheds light on player prop trends, injury concerns, and wagers to consider for the upcoming game. RJ Barrett and other notable players’ performances are also analyzed in detail in the article.
In conclusion, the trade deadline has certainly brought about significant changes for both the Raptors and the Rockets, and it remains to be seen how these alterations will impact their upcoming game.