Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 3/4/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest-San Antonio
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+3)
AT&T Center is the site where the San Antonio Spurs will try to defeat the Houston Rockets on Saturday. Houston opens this game as 3-point dogs. The total comes in at 232.
The Rockets stepped onto the hardwood against the Grizzlies and ended up losing by a score of 113-99 in their last game. Houston wrapped up the game with a 40.0% field goal percentage (36 of 90) and knocked down 11 of their 34 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Rockets made 16 of their 25 attempts for a rate of 64.0%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they earned 49 with 17 of them being offensive. They also dished out 17 assists in the game in addition to creating 7 turnovers and earning 4 steals. Concerning defense, Houston allowed the other team to shoot 48.2% from the field on 40 of 83 shooting. Memphis earned 27 assists and had 6 steals in this game. Moreover, Memphis pulled down 44 rebounds (8 offensive, 36 defensive) and got 5 blocks. Memphis finished the game at 84.2% when shooting free throws by knocking down 16 of their 19 tries. They also buried 17 of their 41 attempts from 3-point land. With respect to personal fouls, the Rockets walked away with 18 while the Grizzlies finished the game with 21 personal fouls.
Jalen Green is one guy who played a role for this contest. He ended up scoring 20 points on 7 out of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 29 mins played and collected 3 rebounds. Green went 38.9% from the floor and also totaled 3 assists.
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Houston enters this matchup with a win-loss record of 13-49 on the year. They are giving up possession 16.7 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.5 fouls per game. As a team, Houston is collecting 46.5 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,396 dimes this season, which is 30th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Rockets are hitting 32.5% on three-point shots (667 of 2,055) and 75.2% from the free throw line. They average 109.5 pts per contest (29th in basketball) while hitting 44.9% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Rockets have forced 13.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 21.1 personal fouls. They are giving up 37.5% on 3-point attempts and they rank 28th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (118.5). The Rockets defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 47.9% (2,619 of 5,463) and they surrender 41.7 boards per game as a team. They are ranked 17th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,606 conceded this year.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Spurs got the victory with a final of 110-99 against the Pacers. In the matter of rebounds, San Antonio allowed Indiana to get 40 overall (6 on the offensive side). They shot 34.8% from beyond the arc by shooting 8 out of 23 and finished the contest at 9 of 11 at the free throw line (81.8%). The Spurs permitted the Pacers to knock down 41 of 90 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.6% for the matchup. When the game finished, the Spurs ended up going 45 out of 98 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.9%. In terms of shots from downtown, San Antonio converted 10 out of their 32 tries (31.3%). They were able to convert 10 of those for a rate of 76.9%. The Pacers were called for 18 personal fouls for the contest which got the Spurs to the charity stripe for 13 attempts. They also coughed it up 15 times, while recording 5 steals in this game. The Spurs snagged 37 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 50 in the matchup.
Jeremy Sochan was important for the Spurs in this matchup. Sochan accumulated 22 points in his 31 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 dimes in this contest. He converted 11 of 26 in this game for a field goal rate of 42.3%, and had 13 rebounds.
San Antonio has a mark of 16-47 on the campaign. The Spurs are committing 20.2 personal fouls every game and they go 74.5% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.9 times per contest (5th in the NBA) and they turn it over 15.5 times per contest. San Antonio has accounted for 7,064 points so far this season (112.1 per game) and they pull in 43.2 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Spurs are shooting 46.7% from the field, which is 21st in the league.
The Spurs on the defensive side of the court are 30th in the NBA in points given up per game with 122.0. They are able to force 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 50.6% from the floor (30th in basketball). The San Antonio defense allows 39.4% on shots from behind the 3-point line (783 of 1,986) and their opponents are making 77.0% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 26.3 assists and 44.3 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 29th and 21st in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Antonio (-3)
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