Brooklyn Nets vs. Houston Rockets - 12/28/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Houston Rockets
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Houston -10
Toyota Center is the venue where James Harden and the Houston Rockets (21-10, 1st in the Southwest Division) will play the Brooklyn Nets (16-14, 4th in the Atlantic Division) on Saturday. Brooklyn opens this matchup as 10 point dogs. The total has been set at 233.
The Nets are covering the spread 53.3% of the time, having gone 16-14-0 ATS. Houston is covering 48.4% of the time, going 15-16-0 against the spread.
Key Brooklyn Nets Injuries
12/26/2019 Caris LeVert SG Thumb Expected to be out until at least Dec 28
12/25/2019 Kyrie Irving PG Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Dec 28
12/25/2019 Nicolas Claxton PF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Dec 28
12/19/2019 David Nwaba SG Achilles Out for the season
10/31/2019 Kevin Durant SF Achilles Out for the season
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
12/26/2019 Eric Gordon SG Knee Game Time Decision
12/26/2019 Thabo Sefolosha SF Illness Game Time Decision
12/16/2019 Nene C Hip Expected to be out until at least Jan 1
10/28/2019 Gerald Green SG Foot Expected to be out until at least Apr 15
Taurean Waller-Prince averages 12.1 points per game in 30.5 minutes per contest. He averages 2.2 assists per contest and 6.5 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 37% for the year while his free throw percentage is 76%. Spencer Dinwiddie comes into this contest averaging 22.7 points per game while playing 30.6 minutes per night. He pulls down 3.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is at 83%.
Russell Westbrook averages 24.1 points per game and he sees the court an average of 35.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.1 rebounds per contest and 7.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 79%. James Harden averages 38.1 points per game while playing 37.6 minutes per contest. He grabs 5.8 rebounds per game and has 7.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 88%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Nets allow 111.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 18th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 3rd and 13th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.4 rebounds a game which ranks 24th, and they give up 21.5 assists per contest which puts them in 3rd place in the league. They force 13.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 4th in the league. Brooklyn averages 110.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.3 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 24th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 27th in the league. They average 48.7 rebounds per game and 23.6 assists per contest, which ranks them 2nd and 17th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 9th with 15.8 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Rockets surrender 114.5 points per contest, which ranks them 23rd in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 16th and 14th in those defensive statistics. They rank 27th with 25.8 assists allowed per contest, and 20th with 46.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Rockets are 22nd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.8 per game. Houston is 2nd in the league with 119.7 points per game this year. They are 17th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 5.2. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 21st in the NBA. They are 5th in the league in rebounding with 47.3 boards per game and 26th in assists per contest with 21.5. The Rockets are 17th in turnovers per game with 14.9.
The Nets are 20th in the league in defensive rating with 107.5, and their offensive rating of 107.3 is ranked 13th. They are 10th in the NBA in pace with 102.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 22nd. As a unit they are 21st in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 6th in the NBA. Brooklyn is 13th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 28th in the NBA.
Houston is 19th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 13th in the NBA. The Rockets are 2nd in the league in defensive rating with 109.6, and their offensive rating of 114.6 is ranked 16th. They are 2nd in the NBA in pace with 103.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 6th. As a unit they are 4th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 50% of their shot attempts, ranking 1st in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Nets/Rockets NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Brooklyn +10
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