San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 12/19/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets
Date: Monday, December 19, 2022
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (+3)
The Houston Rockets welcome the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center on Monday. Houston opens as 3-point favorites from oddsmakers. The betting total is set at 227.5.
The Spurs faced the Heat and took a loss by a final of 111-101 in their last game. In the matter of fouls, the Spurs left the arena with 19 and the Heat accumulated 27 fouls. They also knocked down 11 of their 30 shots from beyond the perimeter. Miami walked away from this one shooting 69.6% when shooting free throws by converting 16 of their 23 attempts. Additionally, Miami pulled down 40 rebounds (8 offensive, 32 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Miami distributed 25 dimes and had 14 steals in the game. In the matter of defense, San Antonio allowed their opponent to shoot 51.2% from the field on 42 of 82 shooting. They also distributed 29 assists in this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 8 steals. When talking about grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 38 with 7 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Spurs converted 25 of 33 tries for a rate of 75.8%. San Antonio wrapped up the game having earned a 42.9% field goal percentage (33 of 77) and made 10 of their 27 three-point shots.
Keldon Johnson is someone who played a role in this game. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 6 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 33 mins and also collected 2 rebounds. Johnson finished the contest at 42.9% from the floor and recorded 3 assists.
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San Antonio enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 9-20 on the year. They are averaging 109.9 pts per game (26th in the NBA) while connecting on 46.2% from the field. The Spurs are connecting on 34.1% on 3-pointers (329 of 965) and 72.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, San Antonio is grabbing 42.4 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 793 assists so far this season, which ranks 6th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 16.1 times per game and as a team are committing 19.7 personal fouls per contest.
On defense, the Spurs are forcing 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.9 personal fouls. They give up 39.3% on three-point shots and they are 30th in the NBA in PPG allowed (120.0). The Spurs defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 50.8% (1,309 of 2,579) and they relinquish 43.6 rebounds per game as a team. They rank 29th in basketball in giving up assists with 792 conceded so far this year.
When they last played, the Rockets took a defeat with a final score of 107-95 when they faced the Trail Blazers. In relation to attacking the glass, Houston allowed Portland to grab 36 in total (10 on the offensive glass). They shot 36.1% from beyond the arc by going 13 out of 36 and ended up shooting 14 of 19 at the charity stripe (73.7%). The Rockets permitted the Trail Blazers to knock down 40 of 85 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 47.1% in the game. When the game finished, the Rockets finished 36 for 90 from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.0%. In the matter of three-point attempts, Houston made 3 of 29 tries (10.3%). They were able to knock down 20 of the free throws for a clip of 69.0%. The Trail Blazers were called for 20 personal fouls for the contest which got the Rockets to the free throw line for a total of 29 attempts. They gave up possession of the ball 15 times, while recording 7 steals in this game. The Rockets snagged 33 defensive rebounds and 18 offensive boards for a total of 51 for this game.
Jalen Green pitched in for the Rockets for the game. Green earned 15 points in his 31 minutes of playing time and had 4 assists in the game. He knocked down 5 out of 16 for the matchup for a rate of 31.3%, and had 5 rebounds.
Houston has a mark of 9-20 so far this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Rockets are connecting on 44.3% from the field, which is ranked 30th in the league. Houston has accounted for 3,181 points for the season (109.7 per contest) and they collect 47.0 boards per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 21.2 times per game (30th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 17.7 times per game. The Rockets commit 20.7 personal fouls per game and they go 78.1% from the charity stripe.
The Houston defense concedes 36.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (404 of 1,114) and opponents are connecting on 77.4% of their foul shots. They have given up 25.7 assists and 41.7 boards per contest, which is ranked 21st and 4th in the league. The Rockets are ranked 20th in basketball in points given up per game with 115.1. They are able to force 14.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 47.3% from the field (20th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take San Antonio (+3)
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