Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 2/15/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Location: Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma
Paycom Center is where the Oklahoma City Thunder will attempt to defeat the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
The Rockets stepped onto the hardwood against the Heat and went home with a loss by a final score of 97-95 in their last contest. In regard to personal fouls, the Rockets ended up with 21 and the Heat totaled 23 personal fouls. They also converted 12 of their 38 attempts from 3-point range. Miami shot 95.5% at the charity stripe by burying 21 of 22 attempts. On top of that, Miami collected 40 rebounds (6 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Miami doled out 21 assists and had 11 steals in this matchup. When it comes to the defense, Houston let their opponent shoot 41.6% from the field on 32 of 77 shooting. They also recorded 23 assists in this contest in addition to forcing 16 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In relation to rebounding, they collected a total of 47 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the free throw line, the Rockets knocked down 18 of their 24 tries for a rate of 75.0%. Houston ended the contest having earned a 41.7% FG percentage (35 out of 84) and buried 7 of their 30 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Kenyon Martin Jr. is a guy who was a major factor for the game. Martin finished the game shooting 66.7% from the floor and earned 3 assists. He played 38 minutes played and snagged 6 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting.
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Houston will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 13-44 on the year. They are averaging 110.0 pts per contest (29th in basketball) while shooting 45.3% from the floor. The Rockets are shooting 32.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (619 of 1,892) and 75.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Houston is grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,279 assists for the year, which has them ranked 30th in the league in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 17.0 times per contest and as a unit are committing 20.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on the defensive end, the Rockets are forcing 13.4 turnovers every game and they draw 21.3 personal fouls. They rank 17th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,471 relinquished this year. The Rockets are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.7% (2,405 of 5,046) and they concede 41.5 rebounds per contest as a squad. They give up 37.0% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 25th in the NBA in PPG allowed (117.9).
In their last game, the Thunder walked away with a victory by a final of 138-129 when they faced the Trail Blazers. The Thunder were able to collect 19 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 29 for this contest. They coughed up the ball 10 times, while getting 9 steals for the game. The Trail Blazers were called for 27 fouls in the matchup which took the Thunder to the charity stripe for a total of 35 shots. They were able to knock down 32 of the free throw tries for a rate of 91.4%. Pertaining to shooting from distance, Oklahoma City knocked down 12 out of 24 attempts (50.0%). When all was said and done, the Thunder shot 47 for 83 from the field which gave them a percentage of 56.6%. The Thunder permitted the Trail Blazers to convert 42 of 76 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 55.3% in this matchup. They went 40.0% from beyond the arc by shooting 16 of 40 and finished the contest at 29 out of 31 from the free throw line (93.5%). In the matter of rebounding, Oklahoma City allowed Portland to pull down 32 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander pitched in for the Thunder in the matchup. Gilgeous-Alexander recorded 44 points in his 39 minutes on the court and tallied 7 dimes in the matchup. He converted 13 out of 16 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 81.3%, and tallied 3 rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a win-loss record of 27-29 on the year. The Thunder commit 21.4 personal fouls every game and they go 80.1% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 24.8 times per contest (18th in basketball) and they turn it over 13.6 times per contest. Oklahoma City has accumulated 6,587 points on the campaign (117.6 per game) and they collect 43.6 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Thunder are shooting 47.1% from the field, which ranks them 18th in the NBA.
The Thunder defensively are ranked 20th in the league in PPG allowed with 116.6. They are forcing 16.8 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.2% from the field (13th in the league). The Oklahoma City defense allows 36.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (713 of 1,981) and their opposition knocks down 78.3% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 25.5 assists and 46.5 rebounds every game, which is ranked 14th and 30th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston
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