National Basketball Association
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Houston at Portland
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon

The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA and seek their 12th victory in the past 15 games when they host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Portland stands in ninth place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind the eighth-place Utah Jazz and only two games behind the sixth-place Dallas Mavericks.

The Trail Blazers posted an impressive 96-79 road victory over the Rockets on Saturday as they limited Houston to 32.5 percent shooting. Portland followed up that strong effort by winning in Memphis for the first time in more than three years with Monday's 112-106 overtime decision. Houston has been an underachieving team this season after reaching the Western Conference finals last year. The Rockets dropped a 123-110 decision to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday for their fifth defeat in the last seven games.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, ROOT (Houston), KGW (Portland)

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (27-27): All-Star guard James Harden scored 37 points against Golden State and has scored 30 or more in eight of the past 13 games. One of those times was when he scored 33 points in Saturday's loss to the Trail Blazers and that performance wasn't near as good as the Nov. 18 contest against Portland when he had 45 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals in a 108-103 overtime victory. The defense has struggled over the past seven games as the Rockets are allowing 113.6 points per game during the stretch.

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (26-27): Point guard Damian Lillard was somehow omitted from the Western Conference All-Star team and has registered four 30-point outings and six double-doubles during Portland's 11-3 run. Lillard had 33 points against Memphis for his 12th 30-point outing of the campaign and ranks sixth in the NBA in scoring (24.6) and 3-point baskets (134). He had 21 points Saturday and has scored 20 or more points in eight of his 13 regular-season outings against the Rockets.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Rockets C Dwight Howard had 17 points and 14 rebounds on Saturday and is averaging 16.5 rebounds in this season's two meetings.

2. Portland backup SG Gerald Henderson has scored 16 points in each of the past two games and has reached double digits in a season-best five straight contests.

3. Houston F Josh Smith is averaging three points on 2-of-13 shooting over the past three games after scoring in double digits in four of his first seven games upon being acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers.

PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 100, Rockets 90
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Houston 27-27 L2 16-13 11-14 1-1 26-26 6-6 19-16
Portland 26-27 W2 15-11 11-16 2-2 24-25 8-3 20-15
Last Meeting
Houston Portland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/6/16 POR 96 HOU 79 79 43 32.5 96 54 40.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Houston J. Harden 33 38.9 15
Portland D. Lillard 21 35.0 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Houston D. Howard 14 3 11
Portland E. Davis 9 3 6
Assists Player  
Houston C. Brewer 5
Portland D. Lillard 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Houston J. Harden 1608 42.3 500
Portland D. Lillard 1241 41.6 256
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Houston D. Howard 526 157 369
Portland M. Plumlee 446 147 299
Assists Player  
Houston J. Harden 403
Portland D. Lillard 362
Quickchart Matchup
Houston Off vs  Portland Defense
105.0 Points For
101.9 Points Against
44.3 FG%
44.8 FG%
42.6 Reb
42.8 Reb
Portland Off vs  Houston Defense
102.2 Points For
106.6 Points Against
44.7 FG%
46.4 FG%
42.8 Reb
45.1 Reb