Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 1/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-6)
The Houston Rockets (4-8) play the Phoenix Suns (7-5) at Toyota Center on Wednesday. Phoenix opens this game as 6-point favorites. The over/under is set at 231.
The Phoenix Suns faced the Memphis Grizzlies and took a loss by a final of 108-104 in their last contest. Phoenix ended with a 45.5% field goal percentage (40 of 88) and converted 15 of their 36 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Suns knocked down 9 of their 16 shots for a rate of 56.3%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they earned 44 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 30 assists in the game in addition to having 8 steals and 4 rejections. In terms of defending, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 49.4% from the field on 41 of 83 shooting. Memphis doled out 31 dimes and had 13 steals for the game. On top of that, the Grizzlies pulled down 40 rebounds (9 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Memphis shot 75.0% from the free throw line by making 15 of 20 attempts. They also made 11 of their 26 tries from beyond the arc.
Deandre Ayton is one guy who played a role for this contest. He finished with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 34:39 minutes and grabbed 16 rebounds. Ayton finished shooting 50.0% from the floor and also dished out 3 assists. Another guy that was a factor in this contest for the Suns was Mikal Bridges. He grabbed 8 rebounds and also had 2 assists. He finished the game at 66.7% from the field in the game by going 6-of-9 (17 points). Overall, Bridges was on the hardwood for 30:46 min.
Phoenix enters this game with a win-loss mark of 7-5 on the season. They are giving up possession 12.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 21.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling down 42.4 rebounds per game and has totaled 285 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 22nd in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Suns are shooting 36.7% on shots from 3-point land (153 of 417) and 82.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 110.5 points per game (17th in the NBA) while going 46.9% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Suns are forcing their opponents into 13.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.5 fouls. The Suns defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 46.5% (471 of 1,013) and they relinquish 44.1 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 2nd in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 268 relinquished for the season. They are giving up 36.7% on 3-pointers and they are 5th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (106.8).
In their last game, the Houston Rockets went home defeated by a final of 125-120 when they faced the Chicago Bulls. The Rockets earned 34 defensive boards and 2 offensive boards totaling 36 in the matchup. They also stuffed 2 shots while getting 8 steals in this matchup. The Bulls were called for 19 fouls for the matchup which got the Rockets to the free throw line for a total of 17 shots. They were able to make 11 of them for a percentage of 64.7%. When discussing 3-pointers, Houston buried 17 of 40 tries (42.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Rockets shot 46 out of 88 from the field which had them at 52.3%. The Rockets allowed the Bulls to convert 43 out of 92 tries from the field which had them shooting 46.7% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 44.4% from beyond the arc by shooting 20 out of 45 and ended up going 19 of 21 at the charity stripe (90.5%). Regarding team rebounding, Houston allowed Chicago to collect 47 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Victor Oladipo ended up being a factor for the Rockets for this game. He made 13 of 23 for the game giving him a rate of 56.5%, which gave him 32 points. Oladipo collected 5 boards in his 32:04 minutes of time on the hardwood and accumulated 9 assists in the game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Houston was Christian Wood. He left the arena with 30 points in his 30:41 minutes on the hardwood by way of 11 of 16 from the floor in the game. Wood ended up shooting 68.8% from the field as well as contributing 2 assists and 9 total rebounds.
Houston has a record of 4-8 for the year. As an offense, the Rockets are hitting on 45.8% from the floor, which is 16th in the league. Houston has accounted for 1,202 points on the campaign (109.3 per contest) and they grab 43.7 boards per game. They are earning an assist 23.0 times per contest (22nd in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 16.1 times per game. The Rockets commit 19.9 fouls every game and they connect on 73.9% from the charity stripe. The Rockets on the defensive end are ranked 21st in basketball in points per game surrendered with 112.7. The Houston defense gives up 37.0% on 3-point shots (144 of 389) and opponents are knocking down 75.5% of their foul shots. They have allowed 23.0 assists and 47.5 boards per contest, ranking them 9th and 27th in the league. They have forced 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 45.8% from the field (16th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Phoenix (-6)
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