Detroit Pistons vs. Houston Rockets - 12/14/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Detroit Pistons vs Houston Rockets
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Houston -9
Toyota Center is the venue where Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets (16-8, 2nd in the Southwest Division) will play the Detroit Pistons (10-15, 3rd in the Central Division) on Saturday. Houston opens this contest as 9 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 227.
The Pistons are covering the spread 41.7% of the time, having gone 10-14-1 ATS. Houston is covering 45.8% of the time, going 11-13-0 against the spread.
Key Detroit Pistons Injuries
12/4/2019 Reggie Jackson PG Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 23
11/13/2019 Khyri Thomas SG Foot Expected to be out until at least Jan 1
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
12/11/2019 Austin Rivers PG Illness Game Time Decision
12/11/2019 Nene C Hip Game Time Decision
12/11/2019 Eric Gordon SG Knee Game Time Decision
12/11/2019 Tyson Chandler C Illness Game Time Decision
10/28/2019 Gerald Green SG Foot Expected to be out until at least Apr 15
Andre Drummond averages 17.7 points per game in 33.8 minutes per contest. He averages 2.9 assists per contest and 16.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 55% for the year while his free throw percentage is 63%. Luke Kennard comes into this contest averaging 16.0 points per game while playing 32.8 minutes per night. He pulls down 3.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is at 90%.
James Harden averages 38.7 points per game and he sees the court an average of 37.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.9 rebounds per contest and 7.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 88%. Russell Westbrook averages 22.5 points per game while playing 34.5 minutes per contest. He grabs 8.0 rebounds per game and has 7.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is at 75%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Pistons allow 108.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 16th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 21st and 17th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 41.6 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd, and they give up 24.9 assists per contest which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 13.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the league. Detroit averages 108.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.1 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 1st in the league. They average 42.8 rebounds per game and 24.8 assists per contest, which ranks them 25th and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 8th with 16.1 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Rockets surrender 114.9 points per contest, which ranks them 24th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 17th and 15th in those defensive statistics. They rank 29th with 26.3 assists allowed per contest, and 18th with 46.0 rebounds surrendered per game. The Rockets are 24th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 16.1 per game. Houston is 2nd in the league with 120.3 points per game this year. They are 20th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 5.4. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 25th in the NBA. They are 3rd in the league in rebounding with 48.0 boards per game and 25th in assists per contest with 21.9. The Rockets are 9th in turnovers per game with 15.8.
The Pistons are 10th in the league in defensive rating with 110.1, and their offensive rating of 110 is ranked 17th. They are 23rd in the NBA in pace with 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 5th. As a unit they are 6th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 15th in the NBA. Detroit is 5th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 12th in the NBA.
Houston is 16th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 14th in the NBA. The Rockets are 2nd in the league in defensive rating with 109.2, and their offensive rating of 114.4 is ranked 15th. They are 2nd in the NBA in pace with 104.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 8th. As a unit they are 4th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 51% of their shot attempts, ranking 1st in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Pistons/Rockets NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Detroit +9
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