Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors 1/25/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting

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James Harden and the Houston Rockets (27-20) welcome the Toronto Raptors (36-14) into the Toyota Center in what could be one of their last games without Chris Paul, as he is expected to make his return to the court next week.

The Rockets enter tonight’s game having won their last game and splitting their last 10. They are currently in fifth place in the Western Conference. Toronto lost thier last game, but have won eight of their last 10. They’ve been in a battle with Milwaukee all season for the top spot in the East.

This will be the first time these teams meet in this interconference matchup this season. Last March, Toronto eked out a win 108-105 in a game where James Harden scored 40 points. Toronto will likely have to deal with Harden again tonight as he has scored over 48 points in four of his last five games.

TV Schedule

Date: 01/25/19
Time: 8:00pm ET
Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Channel: ESPN

Houston Rockets Starting Lineup

PositionStarter
PGChris Paul
SGJames Harden
SFEric Gordon
PFP.J. Tucker
CClint Capela

Rockets Analysis

Houston RocketsThe James Harden show continues in Houston tonight. Harden, who has put an injury-plagued team on his back, has been on a scoring tear. He’s averaging 45.3 points per game in January. He hasn’t forgotten about the other areas of his game though, as he’s also averaging 8.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists this month.

In their recent win against the Knicks on Wednesday night, Harden put up a career-high 61 points along with 15 rebounds and four assists.

The addition of Keneth Faried has paid off for the Rockets, especially with the loss of Clint Capela to injury. Faried had 11 points and eight rebounds against New York and Eric Gordon seems to have found his shot with a 20-point night on  Wednesday.

While Harden carrying so much of the burden seems worrisome, the good news for Rockets fans is that Chris Paul will be making his return to the court soon. He was upgraded to questionable for tonight.

Rockets Quick Links: Rockets Starting Lineup, Rockets Roster, Rockets Depth Chart, Rockets Injuries, Rockets News, Rockets Schedule

Toronto Raptors Starting Lineup

PositionStarter
PGKyle Lowry
SGDanny Green
SFKawhi Leonard
PFPascal Siakam
CSerge Ibaka

Raptors Analysis

Toronto RaptorsThe Raptors had been on quite a run, winning eight of nine games, including several games without star forward Kawhi Leonard, but they lost their most recent game against the Indiana Pacers with Leonard and OG Anunoby out along with Jonas Valnciunas.

In the 106-110 loss to the Pacers, the Raptors got off to a slow start, and nearly rallied all the way back. With Leonard out, Fred VanVleet was once again inserted into the starting lineup and finished with 14 points. The rest of the starters tried to make up the difference with Leonard out and all five had double figures in scoring, led by Serge Ibaka’s 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Kyle Lowry also had 20 point and seven assists, and Norman Powell came off the bench for 12 points.

Kawhi Leonard and Anunoby are both expected to play tonight, and coach Nick Nurse will likely utilize Leonard and Danny Green on James Hard to keep him from another 50-point scoring night.

Raptors Quick Links: Raptors Starting Lineup, Raptors Roster, Raptors Depth Chart, Raptors Injuries, Raptors News, Raptors Schedule

Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Odds

Toronto is a 3.5 point favorite to win on the road tonight. The over/under is 229 points, and the Raptors are -155 on the moneyline.

The Raptors are 15-10 on the road and 30-8 as the favorite, while Houston is 17-7 at home, but 5-6 as the underdog.

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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks

James Harden ($14k) and Kawhi Leonard ($10.3k) are the clear fantasy studs for this matchup. Harden is projected for 61.47 points, and FanDuel has Leonard projected for 46.69.

Keneth Faried ($6.2k) is projected for 28.09 points and Serge Ibaka ($6.7k) is slated for 31.9. Both are fantasy picks for this game, but there are several other options including Eric Gordon and Pascal Siakam.

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