Rockets vs Grizzlies 1/14/2020 NBA Prediction, Pick, Tips
Game: Houston Rockets vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast - Memphis
Odds/Point Spread: Houston -4
FedExForum is the venue where Jaren Jackson and the Memphis Grizzlies (18-22, 3rd in the Southwest Division) will take on the Houston Rockets (26-12, 1st in the Southwest Division) on Tuesday. Houston opens this matchup as 4 point favorites. The over/under opens at 238.
The Rockets are covering the spread 50.0% of the time, having gone 19-19-0 ATS. Memphis is covering 53.8% of the time, going 21-18-1 against the spread.
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
01/12/20 C Clint Capela Heel is questionable Tuesday vs Memphis
01/12/20 SF PJ Tucker Shoulder is questionable Tuesday vs Memphis
Key Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
11/19/19 SF Andre Iguodala None is out indefinitely
James Harden averages 37.7 points per game in 37.1 minutes per contest. He averages 7.5 assists per contest and 6.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 86%. Russell Westbrook comes into this contest averaging 24.6 points per game while playing 35.2 minutes per night. He pulls down 7.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.0 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is at 79%.
Ja Morant averages 17.8 points per game and he sees the court an average of 29.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.4 rebounds per contest and 6.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 80%. Jaren Jackson averages 18.1 points per game while playing 28.2 minutes per contest. He grabs 4.9 rebounds per game and has 1.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is at 75%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Rockets allow 113.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 22nd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 14th and 12th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.2 rebounds a game which ranks 20th, and they give up 25.9 assists per contest which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 15.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the league. Houston averages 119.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 1st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 5.5 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 17th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 20th in the league. They average 47.5 rebounds per game and 21.6 assists per contest, which ranks them 5th and 26th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 14th with 15.1 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Grizzlies surrender 116.1 points per contest, which ranks them 27th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 20th and 26th in those defensive statistics. They rank 24th with 25.2 assists allowed per contest, and 11th with 44.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Grizzlies are 15th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.7 per game. Memphis is 8th in the league with 113.4 points per game this year. They are 6th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is -2.7. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 11th in the NBA. They are 14th in the league in rebounding with 45.7 boards per game and 1st in assists per contest with 27.9. The Grizzlies are 8th in turnovers per game with 15.6.
The Rockets are 2nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 114.4, and their defensive rating of 109.2 is ranked 15th. In terms of pace they are 2nd in the league with 103.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 6th. As a team they are 4th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 49% of their shots, ranking 1st in the league. Houston is 18th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 14th in the league.
Memphis is 11th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 11th in the NBA. The Grizzlies are 17th in the league in defensive rating with 112.1, and their offensive rating of 109.5 is ranked 21st. They are 3rd in the NBA in pace with 103.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 7th. As a unit they are 11th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 20th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Rockets/Grizzlies NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Houston -4
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