Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time Warner Cable Arena
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The Houston Rockets travel to Time Warner Cable Arena to play the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The opening line for this game has Charlotte as 4.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 216.5.
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The Rockets come into this game with an overall record of 32-32 and a road record of 15-18. They are 4th in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.1 as they are averaging 105.8 points per game while giving up 106.9 per contest. Houston is 7-7 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 22-19. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Hornets have an overall record of 35-28 and a home record of 23-9. They currently are 2nd in the Southeast Division. They are averaging 102.7 points per game and surrendering 100.7, good for a point differential of 2. Charlotte has a division record of 5-7 and a conference record of 22-15. In their last 10 games they are 8-2.
James Harden comes into this contest averaging 29 points per game while playing 37.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Rockets. He pulls down 6.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 87%. Dwight Howard averages 15 points per game in 32.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.4 assists per contest and 12.1 rebounds per game for Houston. His field goal percentage is 61% for the year while his free throw percentage is 51%.
Kemba Walker averages 21.4 points per game while playing 36.1 minutes per contest this year for the Hornets. He grabs 4.5 rebounds per game and has 5.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. Nicolas Batum averages 14.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.3 rebounds per contest and 5.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Houston averages 105.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.1 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 19th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 20th in the league. They average 52.7 rebounds per game and 21.7 assists per game which ranks them 10th and 18th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 27th with 16.2 per game. The Rockets allow 106.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 24th and 23rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 53.8 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 24.6 assists per contest which puts them in 30th place in the league. They force 16.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the league.
Charlotte averages 102.7 points per game this year which ranks them 12th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them sitting in the 29th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 9th in the NBA. They average 52.4 rebounds per game and 21.2 assists per contest which ranks them 12th and 19th respectively. In the turnover department the Hornets rank 2nd with 12.9 per game. The Hornets allow 100.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 10th and 15th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.4 rebounds a game which ranks 16th and they give up 23.2 assists per contest which puts them in 25th place in the league. The Hornets force 13.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the NBA.
The Rockets average 107.4 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 110.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -1.5 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 4 per contest. The Rockets have an offensive rating of 107.3 and a defensive rating of 108.4. In terms of pace they average 97.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 38% of their shots. Houston turns the ball over an average of 14.4 times per 100 possessions and they force 14.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Hornets score 105.1 ppg at home and they have averaged 112.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 6.3 points per game. The Hornets rating on offense is 106.1 and they have a defensive rating of 104.1. They get 95.7 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 35% of their shot attempts. Charlotte turns the ball over on 12 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.6 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 28-36-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 37-25-2 against the over/under
Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends
The Charlotte Hornets are 33-29-1 against the spread
The Charlotte Hornets are 29-32-2 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Injuries
No key injuries to report
Charlotte Hornets Injuries
03/01/16 F Spencer Hawes Back out indefinitely
02/16/16 F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Shoulder out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Charlotte
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