Rockets vs Raptors Live Stream NBA Preseason Game

The Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors will lock horns in an NBA 2021-22 preseason game at the Scotiabank Arena on Monday. Rockets at Raptors: Live stream, how to watch, TV channel, start time

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The Toronto Raptors have lost two of their three preseason matchups so far, while the Houston Rockets have dropped one of two. Both teams will look to return to winning ways with changed playing lineups.

For the Houston Rockets, one big question entering the 2021-22 season is who becomes the fifth starter surrounding bigs Christian Wood and Daniel Theis and a young backcourt of Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green.

Eric Gordon, Danuel House Jr., and Jae’Sean Tate all spent time with the first unit during training camp. Gordon got the start in Houston’s preseason opener, which resulted in a win, but he missed Thursday’s game due to a sore left ankle and is doubtful for Monday in Toronto.

Tate came off the bench in the opener, and like Gordon, he missed Thursday’s game altogether due to back tightness. That gave a role in the starting lineup to House, who did not take advantage — scoring 0 points on 0-of-7 shooting in 21 minutes during a loss to Miami.

Now, with Tate upgraded to probable for Monday, all indications are that it will be his chance to play with the starters and make an impression on head coach Stephen Silas. Here’s when you should tune in to see the game, which the Rockets will stream via the team’s official website.

Date: Monday, Oct. 11
Time: 6 p.m. Central
TV Channel: NBA League Pass

Probable starting lineups

Houston Rockets (1-1 in preseason)

Guard: Kevin Porter Jr.
Guard: Jalen Green
Forward: Jae’Sean Tate
Forward: Christian Wood
Center: Daniel Theis

Toronto Raptors (1-2 in preseason)

Guard: Goran Dragic
Guard: Fred VanVleet
Forward: Scottie Barnes
Forward: OG Anunoby
Center: Precious Achiuwa

Pascal Siakam (left shoulder surgery), Chris Boucher (left middle finger dislocation), and Yuta Watanabe (left calf strain) are all listed as out for the Raptors. Thus, the probable lineups are based on each team’s official game notes while accounting for those expected absences.

Both the Rockets (17-55) and Raptors (27-45) struggled more than expected last season, with each team suffering from widespread injuries. The upshot, though, is that each franchise received one of the top rookies in the 2021 NBA draft for their troubles — Green for Houston, and Barnes for Toronto. On Monday, they will face off against one another while continuing to build chemistry with their new teammates, which leaves both teams hopeful of better results in the 2021-22 campaign.

The Toronto Raptors looked nigh unbeatable during their first of two games against the rival 76ers, but subsequent road games in Philadelphia and in Boston against the Celtics have failed to yield any wins. At least the latest Raptors odds have them getting some welcome reprieve against a Western Conference foe.

Scottie Barnes and the Raptors will take on No. 2 overall pick Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets in a matchup of young teams looking to defy the oddsmakers and win some impactful games.

The Rockets might not be in win-now mode just yet, but with the combination of Green and Kevin Porter Jr. on the perimeter and Christian Wood in the paint, Houston is going to have a very fun offense at their disposal, and it could cause some problems for Toronto.

Will the Raptors get back on the right track and head into the season with some momentum? Or will Houston get the victory and condemn Toronto to their third consecutive loss?

Rockets vs Raptors Odds, Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick

The latest odds from WynnBET have the Raptors as -3.0 favorites against the spread, with Toronto -110 (bet $110 to win $100) to cover. Toronto is -150 on the moneyline, while Houston checks in at +130 (bet $100 to win $130).

The over-under in this contest is 221.5 points, with both the over and under checking in at -110. Las Vegas is expecting these two young offenses to match each other blow for blow in what should be a very evenly matched game.
Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets Prediction

The Rockets have their own stale of youth and potential thanks to Green and Alperen Sengun, but Toronto might have that extra little dash of experience and versatility that will come in handy if this game ends up close late.

Players like Green will get their fair share of points, but with Toronto in possession of the deeper roster, they should be able to exploit a shaky Rockets defense to the point where they come out with the victory.

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