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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 3/15/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




PHOENIX (16 - 53) at HOUSTON (42 - 26)
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PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games16-53-21.231-3830-39106.852.545.7%48.3115.959.448.2%56.0
Road Games6-29-1515-2017-18107.153.345.4%49.0118.961.748.7%56.0
Last 5 Games3-2-14-11-4110.649.445.4%49.6110.655.444.5%59.8
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.852.540-8745.7%10-2933.0%17-2278.2%48924249155
vs opponents surrendering110.95641-8945.8%11-3235.3%18-2376.7%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)107.153.340-8845.4%9-2931.4%18-2378.5%49923249155
Stats Against (All Games)115.959.442-8848.2%11-3036.5%21-2775.5%561126219155
vs opponents averaging111.856.541-8946.3%11-3135.7%18-2376.4%541025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)118.961.743-8848.7%11-3037.1%22-2876.3%561127219155

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games42-26+9.831-3535-32112.958.144.7%50.3110.155.347.2%53.9
Home Games24-10+6.618-1521-13116.258.345.0%51.1111.354.847.3%53.3
Last 5 Games4-1+2.73-21-4106.059.043.8%51.498.246.642.3%53.8
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.958.139-8744.7%16-4534.8%20-2578.9%501021229135
vs opponents surrendering110.655.741-8945.9%11-3235.4%18-2376.7%531024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)116.258.339-8745.0%17-4635.8%21-2779.2%511021229135
Stats Against (All Games)110.155.341-8647.2%10-3034.2%19-2477.2%541123218145
vs opponents averaging111.15641-8946.2%11-3135.5%18-2376.3%541025218145
Stats Against (Home Games)111.354.841-8747.3%11-3035.5%18-2477.8%531024227154
Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 96.7,  HOUSTON 96.3
PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/6/2019@ UTAH88-116L15L217U35-7546.7%412242-8450.0%5613
2/8/2019GOLDEN STATE107-117L17W229.5U39-10138.6%571141-8150.6%6218
2/10/2019@ SACRAMENTO104-117L9L231U38-9141.8%621738-8445.2%5712
2/13/2019@ LA CLIPPERS107-134L7.5L232.5O40-8646.5%441650-8459.5%4911
2/21/2019@ CLEVELAND98-111L1L221.5U35-8441.7%431742-8549.4%6215
2/23/2019@ ATLANTA112-120L3L234.5U41-9344.1%511238-9241.3%6413
2/25/2019@ MIAMI124-121W7.5W217O45-8950.6%471448-9749.5%5414
3/1/2019NEW ORLEANS116-130L4.5L239O40-9442.6%441950-8757.5%5724
3/2/2019LA LAKERS118-109W7W234U39-7651.3%481043-8948.3%4911
3/6/2019NEW YORK107-96W-3W226.5U39-8148.1%361335-7745.5%5821
3/9/2019@ PORTLAND120-127L12W227O43-10341.7%56843-8650.0%5916
3/10/2019@ GOLDEN STATE115-111W16.5W233.5U42-8648.8%541442-9544.2%5416
3/15/2019@ HOUSTON              
3/16/2019@ NEW ORLEANS              
3/23/2019@ SACRAMENTO              
3/25/2019@ UTAH              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/4/2019@ PHOENIX118-110W-8.5L227.5O43-8749.4%501245-8453.6%4417
2/6/2019@ SACRAMENTO127-101W-3.5W236U45-10045.0%551139-9142.9%6122
2/9/2019OKLAHOMA CITY112-117L-2.5L238U37-8643.0%491240-8944.9%6319
2/13/2019@ MINNESOTA111-121L-4L231O40-9840.8%49949-9054.4%5510
2/21/2019@ LA LAKERS106-111L-2.5L233.5U40-8845.5%431438-8544.7%5918
2/23/2019@ GOLDEN STATE118-112W12W232U40-9243.5%551342-9046.7%5317
2/27/2019@ CHARLOTTE118-113W-5T226.5O42-9146.2%461039-8347.0%5418
3/3/2019@ BOSTON115-104W2.5W226U38-8047.5%501237-7748.1%5013
3/5/2019@ TORONTO107-95W3.5W228U38-8544.7%50937-8941.6%5513
3/10/2019@ DALLAS94-93W-8L222.5U32-8836.4%541231-7541.3%5916
3/13/2019GOLDEN STATE104-106L-4L228U37-7847.4%401042-8549.4%4814
3/19/2019@ ATLANTA              
3/20/2019@ MEMPHIS              
3/22/2019SAN ANTONIO              
3/24/2019@ NEW ORLEANS              
3/26/2019@ MILWAUKEE              
PHOENIX: LAST SEASON: 21-61, missed playoffs.
COACH: Igor Kokoskov (first season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Devin Booker (24.9 ppg), G Shaquille Harrison (6.6 ppg), F Trevor Ariza (11.7 ppg, Houston), F Ryan Anderson (9.3 ppg), C Deandre Ayton (rookie, 20.1 ppg at Arizona).
KEY LOSSES: F Marquese Chriss, C Alex Len, F Jared Dudley
KEY ADDITIONS: Ariza, Anderson, Ayton, G Mikhal Bridges
PLAYERS TO WATCH: First and foremost is Ayton, the 7-foot-1 multi-skilled big man chosen No. 1 overall in the draft. Kokoskov sees him as a rim protector on defense and he possesses a soft outside touch to go with bruising, athletic inside moves. The question is how he handles the much tougher world of the NBA. Also, Booker. He underwent hand surgery and missed the preseason, athough he did a lot of left-handed workouts. He wants to be back by the season opener and is anxious to prove he was worth that five-year, $158 million contract he signed in the offseason.
OUTLOOK: It's been a long time since this franchise was relevant and there is more turmoil as this season begins. Nine days before the opener, Suns owner Robert Sarver fired general manager Ryan McDonough. There is no true proven point guard on the roster and who knows whether the team can find one. The hope rests with Booker, Ayton and Josh Jackson, who will come off the bench at least initially. Kokoskov is widely respected. But it's hard to see that eight-year absence from the postseason ending anytime soon.
HOUSTON: LAST SEASON: 65-17, lost in Western Conference finals.
COACH: Mike D'Antoni (fourth season, 15th NBA season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G James Harden (30.4 ppg), G Chris Paul (18.6 ppg), F P.J. Tucker, (6.1 ppg), F James Ennis (7.1 ppg), C Clint Capela (13.9 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F Trevor Ariza, F Ryan Anderson, F Luc Mbah a Moute
KEY ADDITIONS: F Carmelo Anthony, Ennis, G Michael Carter-Williams
PLAYERS TO WATCH: A year after Anthony was not amenable to coming off the bench in Oklahoma City, the 10-time All-Star seems ready to accept a reserve role in Houston if it means helping the Rockets to a title. The addition of the talented Anthony, along with Ennis to pick up the slack on defense Houston lost in Ariza leaves the Rockets slightly better than they were a year ago when they lost to Golden State in the conference finals.
OUTLOOK: Harden, last year's MVP, and Paul should be even better in their second year together and Anthony adds a new dimension which greatly upgrades Houston's second unit. Ennis will have to pair with Tucker to provide a defensive presence and Capela must take another step this season after signing a $90 million contract this offseason if the Rockets hope to finally get past the Warriors and win their first title since back-to-back championships in 1994-95.
Rockets look to shore up rebounding against Suns

Even considering their elevated play of late and the fact that their opponent on Wednesday night participated without a key cog, the Houston Rockets grasped that a continuation of their season-best winning streak would require far more than the pedestrian effort they put forth.

In falling 106-104 to the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center, Houston suffered its first loss after nine successive wins and failed to complete a four-game sweep of the season series against the two-time defending champions. Even though the Warriors were without All-Star forward Kevin Durant (ankle), the Rockets failed to take advantage of that circumstance combined with their stacked roster, one that welcomed back swingman Danuel House Jr.

On Friday, when the Rockets host the Phoenix Suns at Toyota Center in the third game of their four-game homestand, they must correct the problem that undermined their effort against the Warriors, a flaw that has been a season-long issue despite their rapid climb up the standings.

The Rockets allowed a 44-31 edge on the glass against Golden State, marking the 21st time this season they have surrendered a double-digit rebounding advantage. Houston posted six such games last season, and entered Thursday 29th in defensive rebounding rate, ahead of only the Suns. On Wednesday, the Warriors turned 12 offensive boards into 15 second-chance points.

"As a team, we've got to rebound the basketball," Rockets guard James Harden said. "We're so good once we rebound the basketball and get out in transition, but it makes it difficult no matter who we're playing if we give (opponents) 10 second-chance opportunities."

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni can afford to play bigger lineups now that he has a full complement of players. However, a frontline featuring center Clint Capela plus P.J. Tucker and Kenneth Faried at forward inhibits the Rockets' volume 3-point shooting, and while Faried offers rebounding punch, his defense remains erratic. When the Rockets play small, they are often victimized on the boards, leaving Capela alone to shoulder a disproportionate load.

How the Rockets address that issue could shape their stretch run and postseason aspirations.

Given the Suns' placement in the defensive rebounding rate rankings, the Rockets shouldn't encounter a distinct disadvantage on the boards on Friday. But Phoenix has been feisty of late, winning five of seven games before suffering a 114-97 home setback to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

That unexpected string of success featured wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Warriors, the respective top seeds in the Eastern and Western Conference. And while the Suns are mired in the West cellar, there was hope that their collection of young talent would at some point coalesce. After winning three consecutive games at home, progress appeared to be afoot.

Against Utah, the Suns took a step back, showcasing many of the problems that yielded their place in the standings. These are the inconsistencies suffered by youthful rosters.

"We didn't have discipline and the focus to execute a game plan," Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. "I know offensively I think ... our defense affects our offense in terms of the confidence and rhythm.

"Our offense, our defense when it comes to the discipline wasn't there."

Rookie center Deandre Ayton scored just two points on 1-of-9 shooting against the Jazz.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/22/2019 7:51:23 PM EST

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