Houston Rockets vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 2/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Washington Wizards
Date: Monday, February 15, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+1.5)
Capital One Arena is the site where and the Washington Wizards (6-17) will take on the Houston Rockets (11-15) on Monday. Washington opens this game as 1.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 223.
The Houston Rockets faced the New York Knicks and went home with a loss by a final score of 121-99 in their last contest. Houston walked away from the game with a 37.5% field goal percentage (33 out of 88) and made 8 out of their 43 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Rockets made 25 of their 30 attempts for a percentage of 83.3%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they collected 46 with 12 of them being offensive. They also recorded 17 assists for this game in addition to having 5 steals and 5 blocked shots. In the matter of defense, Houston allowed their opponent to shoot 52.3% from the field on 45 of 86 shooting. New York recorded 21 dimes and had 4 steals for this game. In addition, the Knicks grabbed 44 rebounds (4 offensive, 40 defensive) and had 4 rejections. New York ended up shooting 82.6% from the charity stripe by converting 19 of 23 attempts. They buried 12 of 28 attempts from beyond the arc.
John Wall is a player who was a major contributor for the contest. He walked away with 26 points on 9 of 20 shooting. He played for 30:38 mins and also snagged 2 rebounds. Wall shot 45.0% from the floor and also distributed 4 assists. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Rockets was Eric Gordon. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also accumulated 6 dimes. He shot 57.1% from the field for the matchup by connecting on 8-of-14 (24 points). When the game finished, Gordon was on the court for 34:16 min.
Houston will take the court with a mark of 11-15 on the campaign. They are losing possession via turnover 15.1 times per game and as a team they commit 20.3 fouls per contest. As a unit, Houston is grabbing 43.8 boards per contest and has accounted for 597 dimes this season, which ranks 25th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Rockets are hitting 34.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (365 of 1,057) and 75.0% from the free throw line. They are averaging 108.8 pts per game (23rd in basketball) on 44.6% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Rockets have forced 15.3 turnovers every game while drawing 19.1 personal fouls. The Rockets are giving up a FG percentage of 45.2% (398 of 497) and they surrender 47.5 rebounds per contest as a team. They are ranked 5th in basketball in giving up assists with 589 relinquished on the year. They give up 35.8% on 3-point shots while they are 8th in basketball in opponents points per game (110.3).
When they last stepped on the court, the Washington Wizards went home defeated by a final of 109-91 when they played the New York Knicks. The Wizards were able to collect 37 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 46 in this game. They blocked 5 tries while earning 5 steals in this game. The Knicks were called for 22 fouls for the contest which got the Wizards to the charity stripe for 20 attempts. They were able to convert 14 of those for a rate of 70.0%. With respect to 3-pointers, Washington knocked down 9 out of 34 attempts (26.5%). When the game finished, the Wizards ended up going 34 for 89 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.2%. The Wizards allowed the Knicks to knock down 44 of their 98 attempts from the field which left them shooting 44.9% for this game. They went 25.0% from three-point range by hitting 6 out of 24 and ended up shooting 15 of 22 from the free throw line (68.2%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, Washington allowed New York to get 65 in total (15 on the offensive side).
Russell Westbrook pitched in for the Wizards for the matchup. He converted 10 of 22 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 45.5%, which gave him 23 points. Westbrook grabbed 9 rebounds in his 34:32 minutes of playing time and had 10 dimes for the matchup. One more player that played a role for Washington was Garrison Mathews. He finished with 14 points in his 25:20 minutes on the hardwood by way of 4 of 13 shooting for the contest. Mathews walked away from this one going 30.8% from the floor and also contributing 2 dimes and 2 total rebounds.
Washington has a win-loss record of 6-17 for the campaign. The Wizards are committing 22.2 fouls per contest and they shoot 75.6% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 24.8 times per contest (16th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.9 times per contest. Washington has 2,596 pts on the year (112.9 per game) and they average 43.9 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Wizards are connecting on 45.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 22nd in the league. The Wizards on the defensive side of the court are 30th in basketball in points given up per game with 120.3. The Washington defense concedes 39.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (307 of 778) and their opponents are connecting on 79.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 24.3 assists and 47.6 total boards per game, which is 13th and 27th in the NBA. They are able to force 14.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.1% from the field (29th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (-1.5)
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