Thursday, February 4, 2016
US Airways Center
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The Houston Rockets travel to US Airways Center to play the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, February 4, 2016. The opening line for this game has Houston as 8 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 214.
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The Rockets come into this game with an overall record of 26-25 and a road record of 10-13. They are 4th in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.2 as they are averaging 105.3 points per game while giving up 106.5 per contest. Houston is 6-6 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 18-14. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Suns have an overall record of 14-36 and a home record of 10-14. They currently are 4th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 100.5 points per game and surrendering 106.5, good for a point differential of -6. Phoenix has a division record of 3-5 and a conference record of 9-20. In their last 10 games they are 1-9.
James Harden comes into this contest averaging 27.9 points per game while playing 37.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Rockets. He pulls down 6.2 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 14.4 points per game in 31.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 11.8 rebounds per game for Houston. His field goal percentage is 61% for the year while his free throw percentage is 55%.
Devin Booker averages 10.3 points per game while playing 22.1 minutes per contest this year for the Suns. He grabs 2 rebounds per game and has 1.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage currently is at 81%. Markieff Morris averages 10.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 23.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.1 rebounds per contest and 2.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is 71%.
Houston averages 105.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.2 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 17th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 14th in the league. They average 52.5 rebounds per game and 21.6 assists per game which ranks them 11th and 16th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 27th with 16 per game. The Rockets allow 106.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 23rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 53.2 rebounds a game which ranks 21st and they give up 24.7 assists per contest which puts them in 30th place in the league. They force 16.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 6th in the league.
Phoenix averages 100.5 points per game this year which ranks them 19th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -6 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 20th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 3rd in the NBA. They average 51.1 rebounds per game and 20.6 assists per contest which ranks them 21st and 22nd respectively. In the turnover department the Suns rank 29th with 16.8 per game. The Suns allow 106.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 30th and 29th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.1 rebounds a game which ranks 17th and they give up 22.4 assists per contest which puts them in 19th place in the league. The Suns force 15.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the NBA.
The Rockets average 105.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 115 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -2.7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 1.3 per contest. The Rockets have an offensive rating of 107.4 and a defensive rating of 108.6. In terms of pace they average 97.1 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 14.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Suns score 103.2 ppg at home and they have averaged 86.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -12.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -0.1 points per game. The Suns rating on offense is 102.5 and they have a defensive rating of 108.6. They get 97.9 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shot attempts. Phoenix turns the ball over on 15.1 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 14.2 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%.
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 22-29-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 29-20-2 against the over/under
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 19-31-0 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 26-24-0 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Injuries
11/18/15 F Sam Dekker Back out indefinitely
02/03/16 C Clint Capela Hip "?" Thursday vs. Phoenix
02/03/16 C Dwight Howard Suspension Served missed last game, probable Thursday vs. Phoenix
02/03/16 F Montrezl Harrell Illness expected to miss Thursday vs. Phoenix
01/12/16 F Donatas Motiejunas Back out indefinitely
Phoenix Suns Injuries
12/29/15 PG Eric Bledsoe Knee out for season
02/02/16 F T.J. Warren Ankle out for season
01/23/16 PG Brandon Knight Groin out indefinitely
01/14/16 PG Ronnie Price Toe out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Phoenix
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