San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 3/5/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets
Date: Sunday, March 5, 2023
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest
The San Antonio Spurs are hitting the road to Toyota Center on Sunday where they will attempt to beat the Houston Rockets.
The Spurs faced off with the Pacers and notched a win by a score of 110-99 in their last contest. In regard to fouls, the Spurs finished with 14 while the Pacers recorded 18 fouls. They also made 8 out of their 23 shots from beyond the arc. Indiana finished the game at 81.8% at the charity stripe by knocking down 9 of 11 shots. Moreover, Indiana collected 40 boards (6 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 6 rejections. Indiana doled out 23 dimes and had 11 steals in this matchup. Regarding defense, San Antonio allowed the other team to go 45.6% from the field on 41 out of 90 shooting. They also doled out 31 assists in the game in addition to creating 14 turnovers and having 5 steals. When talking about pulling down boards, they earned 50 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. From the charity stripe, the Spurs buried 10 of their 13 attempts for a rate of 76.9%. San Antonio finished with a 45.9% FG percentage (45 out of 98) and made 10 of their 32 shots from downtown.
Jeremy Sochan is one player who came through for this contest. He racked up 22 points on 11 of 26 shooting. He saw the court for 31 minutes and also totaled 13 rebounds. Sochan finished the game at 42.3% from the field and also dished out 3 assists.
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San Antonio comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 16-47 this year. They are turning it over 15.5 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.2 fouls per game. As a unit, San Antonio is collecting 43.2 boards per game and has accounted for 1,695 assists this year, which is 5th in the league in terms of passing. The Spurs are shooting 33.9% on shots from distance (659 of 1,942) and 74.5% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 112.1 points per game (25th in the league) while going 46.7% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Spurs are forcing 14.0 turnovers per game while drawing 18.5 fouls. They are conceding 39.4% from 3-point land while they are 30th in the NBA in points per game allowed (122.0). The Spurs defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 50.6% (2,874 of 5,683) and they relinquish 44.3 boards per game as a squad. They are ranked 27th in the league in allowing assists with 1,659 conceded for the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Rockets walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 113-99 when they faced the Grizzlies. Regarding team rebounding, Houston allowed Memphis to pull down 44 in all (8 offensive). They wrapped up this game 41.5% from three-point range via 17 of 41 and walked away from this one shooting 16 of 19 at the free throw line (84.2%). The Rockets permitted the Grizzlies to bury 40 of their 83 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.2% in this game. When the final whistle blew, the Rockets went 36 for 90 from the field which had them shooting 40.0%. With regard to shots from 3-point land, Houston knocked down 11 of 34 attempts (32.4%). They were able to make 16 of those for a rate of 64.0%. The Grizzlies earned 21 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Rockets to the free throw line for a total of 25 shots. They also coughed it up 12 times, while earning 4 steals in this matchup. The Rockets corralled 32 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive rebounds totaling 49 for this game.
Jalen Green was important for the Rockets in this contest. He knocked down 7 out of 18 for the game giving him a rate of 38.9%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Green totaled 20 points in his 29 minutes on the hardwood and added 3 dimes in the matchup.
Houston has a win-loss mark of 13-49 on the year. The Rockets commit 20.5 fouls per game and they go 75.2% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 22.5 times per game (29th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 16.7 times per contest. Houston has scored 6,792 pts for the campaign (109.5 per contest) and they pull in 46.5 boards per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Rockets are connecting on 44.9% from the floor, which ranks 30th in basketball.
The Houston defense gives up 37.5% on shots from beyond the arc (912 of 2,433) and their opponents are knocking down 79.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 25.9 assists and 41.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 23rd and 5th in the league. The Rockets on the defensive end are ranked 28th in the NBA in PPG given up with 118.5. They are forcing their opponents into 13.3 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 47.9% from the field (23rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Antonio
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