Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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The Houston Rockets travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The opening line for this game has Houston as 5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 216.5.
The Rockets had an overall record of 41-41 and a road record of 18-23 last season. They were 4th in the Southwest Division. They had a point differential of 0.2 as they averaged 106.5 points per game while giving up 106.4 per contest. Houston was 8-8 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 28-24. They were 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Lakers had an overall record of 17-65 and a home record of 12-29 last year. They were 5th in the Pacific Division. They averaged 97.3 points per game and surrendered 106.9, good for a point differential of -9.6. Los Angeles had a division record of 2-14 and a conference record of 8-44. In their last 10 games they were 2-8.
James Harden averaged 29 points per game while playing 38.1 minutes per night last season for the Rockets. He pulled down 6.1 rebounds per game and dished out 7.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 44% while his free throw percentage finished at 86%. Ryan Anderson averaged 17 points per game in 30.4 minutes per contest last season. He averaged 1.1 assists per contest and 6 rebounds per game for Houston. His field goal percentage was 43% for the year while his free throw percentage was 87%.
D'Angelo Russell averaged 13.2 points per game while playing 28.2 minutes per contest last year for the Lakers. He grabbed 3.4 rebounds per game and had 3.3 assists per contest for the year. His field goal percentage was 41% and his free throw percentage finished at 74%. Jordan Clarkson averaged 15.5 points per game last season and he saw the court an average of 32.3 minutes per contest. He also averaged 4 rebounds per contest and 2.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 43% and his free throw percentage was 80%.
Houston averaged 105.7 points per contest last season which ranked them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was -0.9 and their shooting percentage was 45% as a team which had them ranked 16th. Behind the arc they shot 34% which was good for 22nd in the league. They averaged 53.5 rebounds per game and 22 assists per game which ranked them 7th and 18th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 27th with 16.1 per game. The Rockets allowed 106.6 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 26th in the league. They also allowed a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 20th and 21st in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 53.8 rebounds a game which ranked 23rd and they gave up 24.8 assists per contest which put them in 30th place in the league. They forced 16.4 turnovers per game which ranked them 1st in the league.
Los Angeles averaged 97.3 points per game last year which ranked them 30th in the league. Their average scoring margin was -9.6 and their shooting percentage was 41% as a team which had them sitting in the 30th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 32% which was good for 30th in the NBA. They averaged 51.6 rebounds per game and 18 assists per contest which ranked them 18th and 30th respectively. In the turnover department the Lakers ranked 11th with 13.7 per game. The Lakers allowed 106.9 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 27th in the league. They also allowed a 47% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 11th in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 55 rebounds a game which ranked 26th and they gave up 24.7 assists per contest which put them in 29th place in the league. The Lakers forced 12.6 turnovers per game which ranked them 27th in the NBA.
The Rockets averaged 105.6 points per game on the road last season and they scored 90.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of -2.8 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference was -19.7 per contest. The Rockets had an offensive rating of 108.3 and a defensive rating of 108.1 last season. In terms of pace they averaged 97.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 52%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shot 3 pointers on 37% of their shots. Houston turned the ball over an average of 14.2 times per 100 possessions and they forced 14.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 52%.
The Lakers scored 96.8 ppg at home and they averaged 96.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They had an average scoring differential of -16 in their past 3 contests and at home last season they had a difference of -6.2 points per game. The Lakers rating on offense was 101.6 and they had a defensive rating of 111.6. They got 95.6 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 46%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 51% and they attempted 3 pointers on 29% of their shot attempts. Los Angeles turned the ball over on 12.5 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 11.6 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 52%.
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets were 37-45-0 against the spread last year
The Houston Rockets were 46-34-2 against the over/under last year
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers were 36-45-1 against the spread last year
The Los Angeles Lakers were 37-45-0 against the over/under last year
Houston Rockets Injuries
10/21/16 PG Patrick Beverley Knee expected to miss 4-6 weeks
Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
10/24/16 C Timofey Mozgov Tailbone probable Wednesday vs. Houston
10/22/16 G Jose Calderon Calf "?" Wednesday vs. Houston
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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