Portland Trail Blazers vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 12/17/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Portland Trail Blazers vs Houston Rockets
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest
Toyota Center is the location where the Houston Rockets will play the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.
The Trail Blazers faced off with the Spurs and notched a win by a score of 128-112 in their last contest. In the matter of personal fouls, the Trail Blazers finished with 20 while the Spurs had 16 personal fouls. They made 11 of 29 shots from beyond the perimeter. San Antonio finished the game at 57.9% from the free throw line by making 11 of their 19 tries. In addition, San Antonio pulled down 40 boards (14 offensive, 26 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. San Antonio earned 23 assists and had 9 steals in the game. In the matter of defense, Portland allowed 46.4% from the floor on 45 of 97 shooting. They also doled out 26 assists in this contest while forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 5 steals. With regard to rebounding, they earned 40 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Trail Blazers buried 12 of their 17 attempts for a rate of 70.6%. Portland ended the game having earned a 60.5% field goal percentage (49 of 81) and knocked down 18 of 40 shots from distance.
Damian Lillard is someone who was a major factor in this contest. He walked away with 37 points on 14 out of 23 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 mins and also collected 5 boards. Lillard finished the game shooting 60.9% from the floor and also recorded 8 assists.
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Portland enters this matchup with a mark of 16-12 for the campaign. They have an average of 112.6 points per outing (17th in the NBA) while shooting 47.8% from the floor. The Trail Blazers are connecting on 39.0% on shots from 3-point land (358 of 917) and 77.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Portland is pulling down 43.4 rebounds per game and has 678 dimes for the year, which is 20th in basketball in terms of passing. They are turning it over 15.4 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Trail Blazers are forcing 13.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 21.7 fouls. They are conceding 36.2% from beyond the arc and they are 11th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (111.6). The Trail Blazers defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.4% (1,160 of 2,449) and they concede 41.4 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 22nd in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 729 surrendered on the year.
In their last game, the Rockets got the win with a final of 111-97 when they played the Suns. In regard to attacking the glass, Houston permitted Phoenix to grab 44 in total (18 on the offensive glass). They finished the game shooting 25.5% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 13 of 51 and ended up shooting 18 of 19 from the free throw line (94.7%). The Rockets allowed the Suns to convert 33 of their 103 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 32.0% for the game. In all, the Rockets ended up going 34 out of 81 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.0%. With regard to three-point shots, Houston made 12 out of their 35 attempts (34.3%). They were able to make 31 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 91.2%. The Suns had 24 personal fouls in this game which took the Rockets to the charity stripe for 34 tries. They also turned it over 22 times, while earning 6 steals for the contest. The Rockets earned 50 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive boards totaling 67 for the matchup.
Jalen Green ended up being a major contributor for the Rockets for the contest. He buried 7 out of 17 for the game for a field goal rate of 41.2%, and had 7 rebounds. Green tallied 26 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 4 assists in this game.
Houston has a win-loss record of 9-18 on the year. When it comes to offense, the Rockets are hitting on 44.3% from the field, which ranks them 30th in basketball. Houston has scored 2,978 pts for the campaign (110.3 per contest) and they average 46.7 boards per game. They are earning an assist 21.3 times per game (30th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 17.8 times per contest. The Rockets are responsible for committing 20.8 personal fouls every game and they connect on 78.8% from the charity stripe.
The Houston defense gives up 36.4% from downtown (375 of 1,031) and opponents are converting on 77.7% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 26.1 dimes and 41.9 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 23rd and 5th in the NBA. The Rockets defensively are ranked 21st in basketball in points given up per game with 115.5. They have forced 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 47.5% from the field (21st 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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