Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 4/5/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets
Date: Monday, April 5, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: Bally Sports AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-11)
The Houston Rockets (13-35) host the Phoenix Suns (34-14) at Toyota Center on Monday. Houston opens this game as 11-point dogs. The total is set at 231.
The Phoenix Suns faced off with the Oklahoma City Thunder and went home with a win by a final score of 140-103 in their last game. Phoenix finished the contest having earned a 60.0% field goal percentage (54 out of 90) and made 15 out of their 33 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Suns knocked down 17 of their 21 attempts for a rate of 81.0%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they earned 41 with 6 of them being offensive. They also distributed 36 assists in this game in addition to forcing 16 turnovers and having 12 steals. In relation to defending, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 39.3% from the floor on 35 out of 89 shooting. Oklahoma City dished out 19 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. Additionally, Oklahoma City grabbed 38 rebounds (11 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 8 blocked shots. Oklahoma City finished the game at 78.3% at the free throw line by converting 18 of 23 shots. They also converted 15 of 38 attempts from downtown.
Devin Booker is a guy who was a major contributor for the contest. He totaled 32 points on 11 of 20 shooting. He was on the court for 30:00 minutes and snagged 2 rebounds. Booker finished shooting 55.0% from the field and also totaled 5 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Suns was Mikal Bridges. He snagged 2 rebounds in 23:27 minutes played on the night. He finished the game at 70.0% from the field for this contest by going 7-of-10 (17 points). In all, Bridges didn't record an assist.
Phoenix enters this one with a win-loss record of 34-14 for the campaign. They have an average of 114.2 points per contest (10th in basketball) while connecting on 49.0% from the floor. The Suns are hitting 37.7% on three-point attempts (620 of 1,646) and 83.1% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Phoenix is collecting 43.4 rebounds per game and has totaled 1,307 assists for the year, which ranks 2nd in the league in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 13.0 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.5 fouls every game. On defense, the Suns are forcing their opponents into 13.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.0 personal fouls. The Suns defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 45.4% (633 of 864) and they relinquish 43.2 boards per contest as a team. They are currently ranked 1st in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,049 relinquished this year. They are giving up 34.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 5th in the NBA in opponents points per game (107.2).
When they last stepped on the court, the Houston Rockets walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 118-102 when they faced the Boston Celtics. The Rockets were able to snag 30 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 40 in this matchup. They also coughed up the ball 12 times, while recording 6 steals in this matchup. The Celtics were called for 22 personal fouls for the contest which took the Rockets to the charity stripe for a total of 26 tries. They were able to convert 16 of those for a percentage of 61.5%. When talking about shots from beyond the arc, Houston converted 12 of 36 attempts (33.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Rockets ended up shooting 37 for 86 from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.0%. The Rockets permitted the Celtics to make 46 out of 88 tries from the floor which had them shooting 52.3% in the matchup. They shot 41.5% from 3-point land by going 17 out of 41 and ended up shooting 9 out of 12 at the charity stripe (75.0%). In reference to attacking the glass, Houston permitted Boston to grab 50 in all (11 offensive).
Christian Wood was important for the Rockets in the game. He converted 8 out of 16 in this matchup giving him a rate of 50.0%, and had 10 rebounds. Wood earned 19 points in his 32:13 minutes on the hardwood and added 3 assists in the game. Someone else that was important for Houston was Kevin Porter. He came away with 8 assists in his 29:50 minutes played, and he knocked down 4 of 11 from the floor. Porter wrapped this one up going 36.4% from the field while totaling 12 points and 5 rebounds.
Houston has a mark of 13-35 on the season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Rockets are connecting on 43.7% from the field, which has them ranked 29th in the NBA. Houston has scored 5,145 points on the campaign (107.2 per contest) and they pull in 42.1 boards per game. They are getting an assist 22.7 times per game (25th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.3 times per contest. The Rockets are committing 19.9 fouls per contest and they shoot 74.2% from the free throw line. The Rockets on the defensive side of the court are 22nd in the league in points per game surrendered with 113.7. The Houston defense gives up 37.1% from downtown (611 of 1,645) and opponents are connecting on 78.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 24.6 assists and 48.3 rebounds per game, which is ranked 14th and 30th in the league. They have forced 15.3 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.9% from the field (21st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Phoenix (-11)
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