Houston Rockets vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 12/2/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Houston Rockets vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Friday, December 2, 2022
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Bally Sports Arizona
The Houston Rockets are on their way to Footprint Center on Friday where they will try to beat the Phoenix Suns.
The Rockets played the Nuggets and took a loss by a final of 120-100 in their last game. Houston wrapped up the contest with a 42.0% FG percentage (37 out of 88) and made 12 of their 41 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Rockets converted 14 of 18 attempts for a percentage of 77.8%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they earned 39 with 10 of them being offensive. They also doled out 18 assists in the matchup while forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and having 5 steals. Regarding the defense, Houston allowed the other team to go 53.0% from the field on 44 of 83 shooting. Denver doled out 30 dimes and had 6 steals in the matchup. On top of that, Denver collected 42 rebounds (8 offensive, 34 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. Denver ended up going 75.0% from the free throw line by making 15 of their 20 shots. They also made 17 of their 32 tries from beyond the arc. When it comes to personal fouls, the Rockets ended up finishing with 20 and the Nuggets recorded 21 personal fouls.
Kevin Porter Jr. is one guy who was a contributor in this game. He notched 23 points on 8 out of 18 shooting. He played for 32 mins and also grabbed 6 rebounds. Porter Jr. shot 44.4% from the field and dished out 5 assists.
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Houston heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 5-16 this season. They cough up possession 18.0 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 21.0 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Houston is snagging 46.0 boards per game and has racked up 458 dimes so far this year, which ranks 29th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Rockets are shooting 35.1% on shots from beyond the arc (266 of 758) and 77.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 109.8 points per contest (22nd in the league) while connecting on 44.2% from the field.
On the defensive end of the court, the Rockets have forced 14.7 turnovers per game and they draw 22.4 fouls. They are 19th in the league in giving up assists with 553 conceded for the season. The Rockets defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 48.1% (891 of 1,852) and they surrender 42.2 boards per contest as a unit. They give up 35.8% from beyond the arc while they are 25th in basketball in points per game allowed (116.6).
For their last game, the Suns walked away with a victory by a final of 132-113 when they faced the Bulls. The Suns pulled down 36 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 46 in the game. They turned the ball over 13 times, while earning 3 steals in this matchup. The Bulls earned 19 fouls for the contest which took the Suns to the free throw line for 21 tries. They were able to knock down 19 of the free throws for a rate of 90.5%. With respect to 3-pointers, Phoenix made 15 out of their 33 tries (45.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Suns went 49 for 93 from the field which had them at 52.7%. The Suns allowed the Bulls to bury 41 out of 82 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0% for the contest. They went 16.0% from 3-point land by shooting 4 of 25 and finished the contest at 27 out of 33 at the charity stripe (81.8%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Phoenix allowed Chicago to collect 35 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Devin Booker was important for the Suns for the matchup. He made 20 out of 25 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 80.0%, and totaled 4 rebounds. Booker recorded 51 points in his 31 mins of playing time and added 6 dimes for the game.
Phoenix has a record of 15-6 for the campaign. The Suns commit 21.8 fouls per game and they shoot 81.5% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 27.0 times per game (9th in the league) and they turn the ball over 13.4 times per contest. Phoenix has earned 2,431 points for the season (115.8 per game) and they collect 43.5 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Suns are connecting on 47.7% from the field, which ranks 9th in basketball.
The Phoenix defense concedes 36.7% on shots from beyond the arc (230 of 627) and their opposition makes 80.5% of their foul shots. They give up 23.0 assists and 41.7 boards every game, which is 4th and 6th in the league. The Suns defensively are ranked 6th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 108.4. They have forced 15.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.1% from the field (10th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston
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