Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 3/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets
Date: Monday, March 22, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - South
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-4.5)
The Houston Rockets (11-29) play the Toronto Raptors (17-24) at Toyota Center on Monday. Houston opens this matchup as 4.5-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 231.
The Toronto Raptors played the Utah Jazz and took a loss by a final of 115-112 in their last game. Toronto ended the contest with a 48.2% FG percentage (40 out of 83) and knocked down 21 out of their 44 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Raptors made 11 of their 14 shots for a rate of 78.6%. In relation to hauling in rebounds, they compiled 31 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 31 assists in this game in addition to forcing 13 turnovers and earning 9 steals. Concerning defending, Toronto allowed the other team to go 45.9% from the floor on 34 out of 74 shooting. Utah earned 21 assists and had 7 steals for the game. Additionally, Utah pulled down 48 boards (9 offensive, 39 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Utah ended up going 85.4% at the charity stripe by making 35 of their 41 tries. They also converted 12 out of their 37 shots from long range.
Pascal Siakam is a player who was important for the contest. He recorded 27 points on 9 of 22 shooting. He saw the court for 33:26 minutes played and grabbed 5 boards. Siakam finished shooting 40.9% from the field and also earned 9 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Raptors was Fred VanVleet. He grabbed 6 rebounds in his 40:31 minutes on the hardwood. He finished the contest at 40.0% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 6-of-15 (17 points). When the final whistle blew, VanVleet earned 9 assists.
Toronto will enter this game with a mark of 17-24 so far this season. The Raptors are hitting 38.1% on shots from distance (634 of 1,665) and 82.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 112.4 points per contest (16th in basketball) while connecting on 44.9% from the field. They are turning it over 13.6 times per game and as a unit they commit 22.1 fouls every game. As a unit, Toronto is pulling down 41.0 boards per contest and has accumulated 1,036 dimes this season, which has them ranked 15th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Raptors are able to force 16.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.5 personal fouls. They concede 37.5% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 18th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (112.2). The Raptors defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.9% (673 of 840) and they relinquish 45.8 boards per game as a team. They currently rank 26th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,090 surrendered this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Houston Rockets took a loss by a score of 113-100 when they played the Detroit Pistons. The Rockets were able to snag 31 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 38 in this contest. They coughed up the ball 13 times, while getting 7 steals for this contest. The Pistons committed 17 personal fouls in this contest which took the Rockets to the charity stripe for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to make 13 of the free throws for a rate of 81.3%. With respect to three-point shots, Houston converted 9 of 32 tries (28.1%). Overall, the Rockets finished 39 out of 88 from the field which had them shooting 44.3%. The Rockets permitted the Pistons to bury 37 of their 85 tries from the floor which left them shooting 43.5% for this contest. They finished 48.3% from distance by going 14 out of 29 and finished the game at 25 of 28 from the charity stripe (89.3%). When talking about team rebounding, Houston allowed Detroit to get 49 overall (12 offensive).
John Wall ended up being a major contributor for the Rockets in the game. He knocked down 7 out of 16 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 43.8%, and added 3 rebounds. Wall scored 21 points in his 28:33 mins on the hardwood and added 7 assists in the game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Houston was Victor Oladipo. He finished with 4 dimes in 36:13 mins on the court, and he put in 7 out of 18 from the floor. Oladipo ended the game having shot 38.9% from the floor and also notching 19 points and 3 rebounds.
Houston has a win-loss mark of 11-29 this season. Houston has accounted for 4,269 pts this season (106.7 per contest) and they collect 42.4 rebounds per game. The Rockets are responsible for committing 20.0 fouls per game and they hit 74.1% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Rockets are connecting on 43.3% from the field, which is ranked 29th in basketball. They are assisting teammates 22.1 times per game (28th in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 14.6 times per contest. The Rockets on the defensive side of the court are 23rd in basketball in points given up per game with 113.7. They are forcing 15.5 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.9% from the field (20th in basketball). The Houston defense allows 37.7% on 3-point attempts (506 of 1,342) and opponents are converting on 78.3% of their free throw shots. They have given up 24.2 assists and 48.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 11th and 29th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (-4.5)
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