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NBA Odds: Nurkic Returns for Rockets-Blazers

It isn’t too late for the Portland Trail Blazers (28-37 SU, 26-37-2 ATS) to make the playoffs. But they’re running out of time, and this Sunday, the Blazers will host the top team in the Southwest Division, the Houston Rockets (39-24 SU, 29-34 ATS). ABC will be live at the Moda Center at 3:30 PM ET. Bet on basketball at Bovada and get a free 50% bonus. Portland finished the weekend 4.5 games back of Memphis for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings, with 17 games left to go in their regular season. They’ll have some help for their playoff push; Jusuf Nurkic is expected to make his season debut on Sunday, although his minutes will be restricted. Nurkic played very well at center for Portland last year before breaking his left leg in late March. While the Blazers beef up, Houston’s small-ball lineup has run into a bit of a snag. They’ve dropped each of their last four games SU and ATS. After some initial success with their streamlined approach, Russell Westbrook is reverting to his inefficient shooting habits – and turning the ball over at an alarming rate. The Rockets are also getting eaten alive on the boards by their taller opponents, limiting their second-chance scoring opportunities.

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