Houston Rockets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 2/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+3)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the site where and the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-21) will take on the Houston Rockets (11-18) on Wednesday. The spread on this matchup has Cleveland as 3-point favorites. The total is set at 227.
The Houston Rockets faced the Chicago Bulls and went home with a loss by a final score of 120-100 in their last game. Houston wrapped up the game with a 38.5% FG percentage (37 out of 96) and made 13 of their 40 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Rockets made 13 of 19 tries for a rate of 68.4%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they collected 46 with 11 of them being offensive. They also distributed 20 assists for the game while earning 7 steals and 4 blocks. In terms of defense, Houston allowed 53.8% from the field on 49 out of 91 shooting. Chicago dished out 24 dimes and had 5 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Bulls grabbed 55 rebounds (8 offensive, 47 defensive) and had 5 rejections. Chicago finished the contest at 70.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 7 of 10 shots. They also made 15 of their 36 attempts from distance.
John Wall is one guy who was a major contributor in this matchup. He racked up 15 points on 4 out of 14 shooting. He played for 26:12 mins played and collected 3 rebounds. Wall finished the contest at 28.6% from the floor and earned 7 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Rockets was Danuel House. He totaled 6 rebounds and also totaled 2 dimes. He finished the game at 55.6% from the floor for the contest by connecting on 5-of-9 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, House was on the court for 26:02 minutes.
Houston enters this matchup with a record of 11-18 this year. The Rockets are hitting 34.0% on shots from distance (401 of 1,181) and 74.8% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 109.0 pts per game (23rd in the league) while shooting 44.5% from the floor. They are turning it over 15.1 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 20.3 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Houston is snagging 43.7 rebounds per game and has racked up 666 dimes this season, which ranks 27th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Rockets are forcing their opponents into 15.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.3 fouls. The Rockets defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.8% (448 of 559) and they concede 47.7 rebounds per contest as a squad. They currently rank 2nd in basketball in giving up assists with 661 surrendered for the year. They relinquish 36.5% on 3-pointers and they rank 12th in the league in opponents points per game (111.6).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Cleveland Cavaliers took a loss by a final score of 117-101 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Cavaliers were able to snag 28 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 42 in the matchup. They blocked 4 tries while earning 9 steals for this contest. The Thunder were called for 18 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Cavaliers to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to make 15 of them for a clip of 75.0%. Concerning shots from downtown, Cleveland knocked down 8 of 35 attempts (22.9%). When the final whistle was blown, the Cavaliers ended up shooting 39 for 84 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.4%. The Cavaliers permitted the Thunder to make 43 of their 79 tries from the floor which had them shooting 54.4% in this contest. They finished shooting 46.4% from three-point range by going 13 of 28 and finished the contest at 18 of 24 at the free throw line (75.0%). When it comes to team rebounding, Cleveland permitted Oklahoma City to snag 37 in total (5 offensive).
Collin Sexton pitched in for the Cavaliers in this game. He knocked down 11 out of 22 for the game for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which had him finishing with 27 points. Sexton collected 5 rebounds in his 40:17 minutes of playing time and had 3 dimes for this contest. One more player that was important for Cleveland was Jarrett Allen. He ended up finishing with 26 points in 41:51 mins played by way of 11 of 11 from the floor for the contest. Allen ended up shooting 100.0% from the floor as well as contributing 2 assists and 17 boards.
Cleveland has a mark of 10-21 on the season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Cavaliers are shooting 44.9% from the field, which is ranked 25th in the NBA. Cleveland has accounted for 3,217 pts on the campaign (103.8 per contest) and they pull in 43.3 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 23.2 times per game (23rd in the NBA) and they are turning it over 15.6 times per game. The Cavaliers are committing 19.2 personal fouls per game and they hit 71.6% from the charity stripe. The Cavaliers defensively are ranked 22nd in basketball in points given up per game with 113.4. They relinquish 25.1 assists and 43.7 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 18th and 13th in the league. The Cleveland defense allows 40.5% on shots from 3-point land (415 of 1,025) and opponents are converting on 77.1% of their free throw shots. They have forced 15.7 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 48.6% from the floor (29th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (+3)
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