Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 2/3/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets
Date: Friday, February 3, 2023
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest
The Houston Rockets are welcoming the Toronto Raptors at Toyota Center on Friday.
The Raptors stepped onto the hardwood against the Jazz and went home with a loss by a final score of 131-128 in their last contest. In the matter of fouls, the Raptors ended up with 22 while the Jazz finished the game with 17 fouls. They also knocked down 17 out of their 47 shots from downtown. Utah finished the game at 86.7% from the charity stripe by burying 26 of 30 tries. Furthermore, Utah snagged 49 rebounds (13 offensive, 36 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Utah earned 29 assists and had 3 steals in this matchup. Concerning defense, Toronto allowed the other team to go 53.0% from the floor on 44 out of 83 shooting. They also dished out 27 assists in this contest as well as forcing 16 turnovers and getting 11 steals. Regarding getting rebounds, they collected a total of 52 with 25 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Raptors buried 18 of their 26 tries for a rate of 69.2%. Toronto walked away from the contest with a 45.5% FG percentage (50 out of 110) and knocked down 10 of their 23 shots from 3-point land.
Fred VanVleet is a guy who was a contributor for the matchup. He ended up finishing with 34 points on 12 out of 25 shooting. He saw the court for 38 mins and also snagged 12 rebounds. VanVleet finished shooting 48.0% from the field and distributed 10 dimes.
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Toronto enters this one with a record of 23-30 for the campaign. They are averaging 113.1 points per outing (19th in basketball) while connecting on 45.3% from the field. The Raptors are connecting on 33.4% on shots from 3-point land (574 of 1,716) and 79.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Toronto is pulling in 42.8 boards per contest and has accumulated 1,231 dimes on the season, which ranks 23rd in the league in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 11.7 times per contest and as a team they are committing 20.3 personal fouls per contest.
Defensively, the Raptors have forced 16.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.7 fouls. They rank 29th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,382 conceded so far this season. The Raptors are giving up a field goal percentage of 49.0% (2,152 of 4,388) and they surrender 42.8 boards per game as a unit. They are giving up 37.4% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 11th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (112.6).
In their last game, the Rockets took home the win by a final score of 112-106 when they faced the Thunder. The Rockets snagged 41 defensive rebounds and 24 offensive rebounds for a total of 65 for this game. They also turned the ball over 17 times, while earning 6 steals in the game. The Thunder committed 23 fouls for this game which took the Rockets to the free throw line for a total of 31 attempts. They were able to make 23 of them for a rate of 74.2%. In relation to three-point shots, Houston made 7 out of 23 tries (30.4%). At the conclusion of this game, the Rockets shot 41 for 94 from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.6%. The Rockets allowed the Thunder to make 38 of their 103 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 36.9% for the game. They wrapped up this game 27.9% from distance by connecting on 12 of 43 and finished the contest at 18 of 22 at the free throw line (81.8%). When discussing rebounds, Houston allowed Oklahoma City to grab 52 in all (24 on the offensive glass).
Eric Gordon ended up being a major contributor for the Rockets for the game. Gordon totaled 25 points in his 35 minutes of playing time and added 3 dimes in this contest. He converted 8 out of 17 in the matchup for a rate of 47.1%, and accumulated 3 rebounds.
Houston has a win-loss record of 13-38 this season. As an offensive team, the Rockets are shooting 44.9% from the field, which has them ranked 30th in the NBA. Houston has scored 5,591 pts on the campaign (109.6 per game) and they average 47.2 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 22.3 times per game (29th in basketball) and they are turning it over 17.1 times per game. The Rockets are responsible for committing 20.5 fouls per contest while shooting 75.1% from the free throw line.
The Houston defense gives up 36.5% on 3-point shots (730 of 2,000) and their opponents are knocking down 78.7% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 25.4 assists and 41.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 16th and 4th in the NBA. The Rockets on defense are ranked 24th in the league in points allowed per game with 116.9. They are able to force 13.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.2% from the floor (14th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toronto
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