The Houston Rockets face the Portland Trail Blazers on the road on Friday, October 28. The Rockets lost to the Utah Jazz 101-109 on Wednesday night to take their season record to 1-4. The Trail Blazers lost their first game of the season 98-119 to the Miami Heat to move to 4-1 on the season.
The loss was far more costly than a simple "L" for the Trail Blazers. Their star player, Damian Lillard, suffered a calf injury. These are the odds, injury reports, and starters for the Rockets vs Trail Blazers’ October 28 matchup.
Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers odds
Wynnbet has the Rockets as +4.0 underdogs against the Trail Blazers. The over/under for total points is 222.5 points. The Rockets’ over/under for points is 109.5, and the Trail Blazers’ over/under for points is 113.5. ESPN analytics gives the Trail Blazers a 68.6% chance to win the game.
Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers injury report
TyTy Washington is listed as out again after missing the first five games. Bruno Fernando will miss his fourth straight game with left patellar tendinitis and is expected to be out for the next two to three weeks. Alperen Sengun is listed as probable and is day-to-day with an illness that caused him to miss the past two games.
Kevin Porter Jr. is probable and listed as day-to-day with a right quad contusion. He suffered the injury Wednesday night in Utah but was able to finish the game.
The Trail Blazers have four players listed on their injury report; Gary Payton II, Trendon Watford, Damian Lillard, and Olivier Sarr. Payton is coming back from an abdominal injury and will be out Friday night. Watford is out with a hip injury. Lillard is out with a calf injury and will be re-evaluated in 1-to-2 weeks. Sarr has a partial tear in his right wrist and will be re-evaluated in six weeks
Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers starters
The Trail Blazers started Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic, Jerami Grant, Anfernee Simmons, and Josh Hart against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. With Lillard out, it’s unclear who will slot into his spot, but because of Simmons’ on-ball abilities, they won’t have to opt for a point guard.
Shaedon Sharpe, the seventh-overall pick in the 2022 draft, has impressed in limited minutes and could be a candidate to start. However, it’s more likely that Chauncey Billups will go with a more defensive-oriented player, and start either Justise Winslow or Nassir Little, and move Josh Hart to shooting guard.
The Rockets started Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Jae’Sean Tate, Jabari Smith Jr., and Eric Gordon Wednesday against the Jazz. Tate made his first start of the season after missing the opening four games with an injury.
The Rockets starting lineup against the Trail Blazers could go a few different ways. If Sengun is healthy enough to play, the Rockets may start him at center and push Smith back to power forward. If that happens, the Rockets will likely move one of Gordon or Tate to the bench.
If Kevin Porter Jr.’s quad contusion holds him out of the game, look for the Rockets to start Green and Gordon in the backcourt and add another frontcourt player, Sengun or Kenyon Martin Jr., to the starting group.
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