Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 12/15/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest
The Miami Heat are on their way to Toyota Center on Thursday where they will go up against the Houston Rockets.
The Heat faced off with the Pacers and took home the win by a score of 87-82 in their last game. In regard to fouls, the Heat finished with 17 while the Pacers finished the game with 18 fouls. They also made 11 of 39 tries from long range. Indiana walked away from this one shooting 75.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 15 of their 20 attempts. Furthermore, Indiana grabbed 45 boards (8 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Indiana distributed 16 dimes and had 7 steals in this contest. Concerning defending, Miami allowed the other team to shoot 35.4% from the field on 28 of 79 shooting. They also doled out 23 assists in the game while forcing the opposition into 15 turnovers and earning 7 steals. In the matter of rebounding, they compiled 48 with 9 of them being offensive. At the charity stripe, the Heat made 14 of their 18 attempts for a percentage of 77.8%. Miami finished the game with a 38.6% field goal percentage (32 of 83) and converted 9 of their 34 3-point shots.
Bam Adebayo is someone who came through for the contest. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 8 out of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins and snagged 17 rebounds. Adebayo finished shooting 44.4% from the field and also distributed 3 assists.
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Miami comes into this game with a record of 13-15 for the year. They lose possession via turnover 14.0 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.1 personal fouls every game. As a team, Miami is grabbing 41.3 boards per game and has tallied 666 assists for the season, which has them ranked 16th in the league in terms of passing. The Heat are shooting 33.7% on 3-point shots (332 of 985) and 83.2% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 107.9 points per outing (29th in the NBA) while shooting 45.0% from the field.
Defensively, the Heat are forcing their opponents into 16.1 turnovers per game while drawing 20.5 personal fouls. They are ranked 27th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 715 conceded so far this season. The Heat are allowing a shooting percentage of 47.1% (1,128 of 2,394) and they surrender 43.5 rebounds per contest as a team. They relinquish 35.7% on three-point shots and they rank 5th in the NBA in PPG allowed (109.3).
In their last game, the Rockets went home victorious with a score of 111-97 when they played the Suns. Regarding cleaning the glass, Houston permitted Phoenix to collect 44 in total (18 offensive). They finished 25.5% from three-point range by connecting on 13 of 51 and ended up shooting 18 out of 19 at the charity stripe (94.7%). The Rockets permitted the Suns to convert 33 out of 103 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 32.0% in this game. Overall, the Rockets shot 34 out of 81 from the floor which had them shooting 42.0%. When talking about shots from beyond the perimeter, Houston buried 12 of 35 tries (34.3%). They were able to convert 31 of the free throws for a percentage of 91.2%. The Suns had 24 fouls in this game which took the Rockets to the charity stripe for a total of 34 attempts. They also coughed it up 22 times, while recording 6 steals for the contest. The Rockets were able to snag 50 defensive boards and 17 offensive rebounds totaling 67 for the matchup.
Jalen Green ended up having an impact for the Rockets for the matchup. Green tallied 26 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and had 4 assists in this game. He converted 7 out of 17 for this game for a rate of 41.2%, and accounted for 7 rebounds.
Houston has a mark of 9-18 on the year. The Rockets are committing 20.8 personal fouls per game and they go 78.8% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 21.3 times per game (30th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 17.8 times per game. Houston has scored 2,978 pts on the season (110.3 per game) and they average 46.7 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Rockets are connecting on 44.3% from the floor, which is ranked 30th in the league.
The Houston defense allows 36.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (375 of 1,031) and their opponents are making 77.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 26.1 dimes and 41.9 boards per contest, which has them ranked 23rd and 5th in the league. The Rockets on defense are ranked 22nd in the league in points allowed per game with 115.5. They are able to force 15.0 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.5% from the field (22nd in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Houston and under the total points
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