3rd Quarter Report

Down four at the end of the second quarter, the Rockets now have the lead. They have jumped out to a 80-71 lead against the Trail Blazers.

The Rockets entered the contest having won eight straight and they're just one quarter away from another. Will they make it nine, or will the Trail Blazers step up and spoil it? We'll know soon.

Who's Playing

Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets

Current Records: Portland 19-52, Houston 35-35

How To Watch

  • When: Monday, March 25, 2024 at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Toyota Center -- Houston, Texas
  • TV: ROOT Sports Northwest
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Ticket Cost: $6.99

What to Know

The Rockets will be playing the full four quarters on Monday, but they're expected to have things wrapped up well before that. They will be playing at home against the Portland Trail Blazers at 8:00 p.m. ET at Toyota Center. The Trail Blazers are crawling into this matchup hobbled by six consecutive losses, while the Rockets will bounce in with eight consecutive wins.

The Rockets scored the most points they've had all season to find success on Saturday. Everything went their way against Utah as Houston made off with a 147-119 victory. The match was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 85-55.

The Rockets' success was spearheaded by the efforts of Fred VanVleet, who went 10 for 15 from beyond the arc en route to 34 points and 7 assists, and Jalen Green, who went 7 for 11 from beyond the arc en route to 41 points and 4 assists. As a matter of fact, that's the most points VanVleet has scored all season.

Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers suffered their closest loss since January 23rd on Saturday. They fell just short of Denver by a score of 114-111. The loss unfortunately continues a disappointing trend for the Trail Blazers in their matchups with the Nuggets: they've now lost seven in a row.

Despite their loss, the Trail Blazers saw several players rise to the challenge and make noteworthy plays. Duop Reath, who scored 24 points along with eight rebounds and two blocks, was perhaps the best of all.

Houston has been performing incredibly well recently as they've won ten of their last 11 matches, which provided a massive bump to their 35-35 record this season. As for Portland, their loss was their fourth straight at home, which dropped their record down to 19-52.

Monday's match is shaping up to be a scrappy match: The Rockets have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 46 rebounds per game (they're ranked third in rebounds per game overall). It's a different story for the Trail Blazers, though, as they've been averaging only 42 rebounds per game. Given the Rockets' sizable advantage in that area, the Trail Blazers will need to find a way to close that gap.

The Rockets strolled past the Trail Blazers in their previous matchup on March 8th by a score of 123-107. Do the Rockets have another victory up their sleeve, or will the Trail Blazers turn the tables on them? We'll have the answer soon enough.


Houston is a big 12-point favorite against Portland, according to the latest NBA odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Rockets, as the game opened with the Rockets as a 10.5-point favorite.

The over/under is 223 points.

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Series History

Portland has won 7 out of their last 10 games against Houston.

  • Mar 08, 2024 - Houston 123 vs. Portland 107
  • Jan 24, 2024 - Portland 137 vs. Houston 131
  • Feb 26, 2023 - Portland 131 vs. Houston 114
  • Dec 17, 2022 - Portland 107 vs. Houston 95
  • Oct 28, 2022 - Portland 125 vs. Houston 111
  • Mar 26, 2022 - Houston 115 vs. Portland 98
  • Mar 25, 2022 - Houston 125 vs. Portland 106
  • Jan 28, 2022 - Portland 125 vs. Houston 110
  • Nov 12, 2021 - Portland 104 vs. Houston 92
  • May 10, 2021 - Portland 140 vs. Houston 129