Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/11/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Houston Rockets vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Houston -10.5
Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-18, 5th in the Central Division) play the Houston Rockets (15-8, 2nd in the Southwest Division) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Cleveland opens this contest as 10.5 point dogs. The total is set at 228.
The Rockets are covering the spread 47.8% of the time, having gone 11-12-0 ATS. Cleveland is covering 36.4% of the time, going 8-14-1 against the spread.
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
12/9/2019 Tyson Chandler C Illness Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
12/9/2019 Austin Rivers PG Illness Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
12/5/2019 Nene C Hip Expected to be out until at least Dec 13
11/12/2019 Eric Gordon SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Dec 13
10/28/2019 Gerald Green SG Foot Expected to be out until at least Apr 15
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/9/2019 Dylan Windler SG Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
James Harden comes into this contest averaging 38.0 points per game while playing 37.7 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 6.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 88%. Russell Westbrook averages 22.4 points per game in 34.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 7.5 assists per contest and 8.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 42% for the year while his free throw percentage is 74%.
Kevin Love averages 15.6 points per game while playing 30.2 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 10.5 rebounds per game and has 2.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is at 88%. Collin Sexton averages 17.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.1 rebounds per contest and 2.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
Useful Team Statistics
Houston averages 120.4 points per contest this season, which ranks them 2nd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 5.4 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 22nd. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 25th in the league. They average 48.5 rebounds per game and 22.1 assists per game, which ranks them 3rd and 25th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 10th with 15.9 per game. The Rockets allow 115.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 16th and 15th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.4 rebounds a game which ranks 23rd and they give up 26.2 assists per contest, which puts them in 27th place in the league. They force 16.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 24th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland is 29th in the league with 102.3 points per game this year. They are 26th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -10.8. They shoot 33% from 3-point range, which is good for 27th in the NBA. They are 21st in the league in rebounding with 43.7 boards per game, and 28th in assists per contest with 20.3. The Cavaliers are 14th in turnovers per game with 15.5. The Cavaliers surrender 113.0 points per contest, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 49% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 29th and 27th in those defensive statistics. They rank 28th with 26.2 assists allowed per contest and 11th with 45.0 rebounds surrendered per game. The Cavaliers are 5th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.6 per game.
The Rockets are 3rd in the NBA in offensive rating with 114, and their defensive rating of 109 is ranked 15th. In terms of pace they are 2nd in the league with 104.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 9th. As a team they are 5th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 51% of their shots, ranking 1st in the league. Houston is 15th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 13th in the league.
Cleveland is 8th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 56%, which is 3rd in the league. The Cavaliers are 29th in the NBA in offensive rating with 103.4, and their defensive rating of 114.2 is ranked 28th. In terms of pace they are 23rd in the league with 98.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 27th. As a team they are 29th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 18th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Rockets/Cavaliers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Houston -10.5
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