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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 12/12/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




WASHINGTON (3 - 15) at HOUSTON (9 - 11)
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WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games3-15-9.19-810-890.344.640.7%51.396.950.244.3%55.2
Road Games1-8-6.25-35-488.842.740.4%
Last 5 Games2-3+2.63-14-
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)90.344.634-8440.7%7-2131.2%15-2174.6%511220218145
vs opponents surrendering97.74936-8244.5%7-2035.7%18-2376.1%511121208145
Team Stats (Road Games)88.842.734-8440.4%8-2432.4%13-1870.9%521221227156
Stats Against (All Games)96.950.236-8144.3%7-2035.6%17-2473.5%551222207155
vs opponents averaging97.548.537-8244.7%7-2036.4%17-2275.8%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)96.150.436-8244.1%7-1934.9%18-2571.2%561221208145

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-11-3.69-1012-8104.553.143.7%53.5105.453.046.5%52.6
Home Games7-5-0.67-57-5107.154.744.3%53.1103.651.945.6%53.5
Last 5 Games2-3-2.72-33-2111.655.444.0%50.4117.058.250.4%54.8
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)104.553.137-8643.7%10-2735.7%20-2677.0%531223209164
vs opponents surrendering97.84937-8344.5%7-2035.8%17-2375.8%511221218145
Team Stats (Home Games)107.154.738-8544.3%10-2836.6%21-2877.2%531123199155
Stats Against (All Games)105.453.041-8746.5%9-2238.9%15-2175.0%531123208157
vs opponents averaging99.549.837-8145.4%8-2037.4%18-2475.4%511122208146
Stats Against (Home Games)103.651.940-8845.6%9-2339.6%14-1973.6%531123208157
Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 95.1,  HOUSTON 97.8
WASHINGTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/7/2012@ BOSTON94-100L9.5W186.5O39-9541.1%501934-8142.0%6016
11/10/2012@ INDIANA85-89L8W186U35-7944.3%451234-8042.5%5712
11/13/2012@ CHARLOTTE76-92L2L191U25-8429.8%641731-7839.7%5812
11/14/2012@ DALLAS101-107L8.5W192O39-8148.1%421639-7850.0%4713
11/21/2012@ ATLANTA100-101L9.5W185.5O38-8942.7%672040-9243.5%5213
11/26/2012SAN ANTONIO92-118L7L195.5O37-9041.1%451045-8056.2%5115
11/30/2012@ NEW YORK87-108L12.5L190O35-7844.9%521743-8153.1%438
12/7/2012@ ATLANTA95-104L9T192O36-7945.6%401141-8548.2%5814
12/8/2012GOLDEN STATE97-101L4.5W197O37-8742.5%43835-8143.2%6719
12/11/2012@ NEW ORLEANS77-70W5.5W188U27-8232.9%611426-8032.5%6115
12/12/2012@ HOUSTON              
12/14/2012LA LAKERS              
12/15/2012@ MIAMI              
12/19/2012@ ORLANDO              
12/21/2012@ DETROIT              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/2/2012@ ATLANTA109-102W5W203O38-9042.2%662140-8547.1%3713
11/9/2012@ MEMPHIS85-93L7L194U31-7640.8%532035-9437.2%589
11/14/2012NEW ORLEANS100-96W-6.5L184O36-8045.0%511134-8440.5%4810
11/16/2012@ PORTLAND117-119L2T198O41-8846.6%541844-8651.2%4815
11/18/2012@ LA LAKERS108-119L7L205.5O44-9048.9%511546-8554.1%5113
11/19/2012@ UTAH91-102L6L197U30-8634.9%601437-9240.2%6214
11/23/2012NEW YORK131-103W4.5W198.5O46-8951.7%571437-8643.0%4015
11/28/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY98-120L10.5L210.5O36-8741.4%521647-8754.0%5615
12/4/2012LA LAKERS107-105W0W215.5U38-10137.6%621038-8246.3%6418
12/7/2012@ SAN ANTONIO92-114L8.5L212.5U37-9538.9%441848-8755.2%5517
12/10/2012SAN ANTONIO126-134L7L212O41-9742.3%521448-9252.2%5819
12/16/2012@ TORONTO              
12/17/2012@ NEW YORK              
12/25/2012@ CHICAGO              
12/26/2012@ MINNESOTA              
12/28/2012@ SAN ANTONIO              
WASHINGTON: GUARDS: JOHN WALL hasn't developed much diversity in his offensive game, but he's still really fast and an effective distributor. The improved supporting cast should help him reach the next level, assuming he feels no ill effects from the stress injury in his left knee that will keep him out until late November . . . BRADLEY BEAL is a great shooter, but he can also score off the dribble. Throw in his rebounding ability from the backcourt, and he should contribute in a number of ways as a rookie . . . JORDAN CRAWFORD is a pure scorer, but not an efficient one. He won't be able to hold off Beal for long, if at all . . . A.J. PRICE steps in as Wall's top backup. He'll play limited minutes with the second unit . . . SHELVIN MACK will be battling for a roster spot, most likely with underachieving swingman MARTELL WEBSTER. FORWARDS: TREVOR ARIZA should have no trouble stepping into the starting lineup. He'll at least have a chance to re-find his three-point shot getting drive-and-dish feeds from Wall . . . Nene^ will slide to the four with Emeka Okafor coming in. That means athletic, but raw, JAN VESELY will have to play with the second unit. He can really run the floor, but doesn't help much in the half-court game . . . TREVOR BOOKER is a very good screener on offense who holds his own defensively and on the boards. He still has a chance for a handful of starts if Nene^ or Okafor get hurt . . . CHRIS SINGLETON started a lot of games last year, but the defensive specialist will likely spend this season learning behind Ariza . . . CARTIER MARTIN never saw a shot he didn't like. CENTERS: NENE^ had some trouble with plantar fasciitis last year and playing in the Olympics didn't help. If healthy, he has a chance to be Washington's leading scorer . . . EMEKA OKAFOR will start alongside Nene^. He's the fifth-best option on offense, but holds his own defensively . . . KEVIN SERAPHIN has proven he can hold down a starting job. He'll come off the bench but should still have a significant role.
HOUSTON: GUARDS: Houston has gutted its roster, and this is JEREMY LIN's team now. Coach Kevin McHale will use the same pick-and-roll offense he used with Goran Dragic, and Lin should do what he did in New York a year ago . . . KEVIN MARTIN is on the trade block. As long as he's in Houston, he'll be in and out of McHale's doghouse, especially seeing that he's not in the long-term plans . . . JEREMY LAMB should push Martin for minutes early. Lamb will have some defensive issues, but he's a cagey scorer who should mesh well with Lin . . . CARLOS DELFINO replaces Chase Budinger as the team's most reliable marksman from three-point range . . . TONEY DOUGLAS' defensive ability puts him in the running for a rotation spot . . . SHAUN LIVINGSTON can give them 12 to 15 minutes a night . . . Rookie SCOTT MACHADO, an outstanding passer, will back up Lin . . . GARY FORBES will have trouble finding minutes. FORWARDS: CHANDLER PARSONS was a nice surprise a year ago. He's a fifth option offensively but does the hustle/energy thing well . . . 2011 first-rounder DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS is a skilled 7-footer who fits with Lin. Expect him to grab a starting job by midseason, but he can also play center when required . . . This might be the year PATRICK PATTERSON makes an impact. His game is limited, but he can rebound and score around the basket . . . ROYCE WHITE is a 270-pounder with point guard skills. He needs the ball in his hands though, which is why he's not a great fit with Lin in the starting lineup . . . TERRENCE JONES has a tweener skill set. At this point, he's better suited for the second unit . . . Speaking of 'tweeners, MARCUS MORRIS looks to be nowhere near contributing. CENTERS: OMER ASIK earned his reputation as a defensive stud in Chicago, and he'll get a little more offensive freedom in Houston. He is quite foul-prone though, and he'll be tested on the free-throw line early and often . . . His backup, GREG SMITH, has more fouls (17) than points (14) in his 69-minute NBA career.
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Washington (2-15) at Houston (9-11), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Houston Rockets are still trying to figure out how to blend the talents of James Harden and Jeremy Lin.

Getting their starting guards back on the court together would help.

Harden and Lin are both questionable with ankle injuries Wednesday night when the Rockets try to avoid a season-high fourth straight defeat with the league-worst Washington Wizards in town.

The addition of Lin, who signed in July after a breakout season with New York, appeared to be the Rockets' headlining-grabbing move during their busy offseason, but that changed four days before opening night with the surprising deal that landed Harden from Oklahoma City.

While that move has certainly given Houston (9-11) a top-flight scorer - last season's Sixth Man of the Year is averaging 24.7 points - the chemistry between the pair is still a work in progress.

Harden is hitting a career-worst 34.5 percent from 3-point range and committing a career-high 4.1 turnovers per game, while Lin has underperformed, shooting a woeful 39.5 percent and scoring in single digits in half of the team's games.

Coach Kevin McHale needs these two to start jelling - they lead all Rockets duos in minutes played with nearly 557, but they're a minus-32 when on the court together.

McHale was pleased to see Lin break out of his mini-slump in Monday's 134-126 overtime loss to San Antonio - he hit four 3-pointers and poured in a career high-tying 38 points - but it came with Harden watching from the bench with a sprained right ankle.

"We've got to find ways of making sure we get (both guys involved)," McHale told the Rockets' official website. "... Jeremy can get to his right hand on the left side and James can get to his left hand on the right side, so you can do a lot on both sides where both guys get to play to their strong hand when they're driving. We've got to get better at some areas and put in some stuff that will allow both guys to play better. They're going to be fine."

Harden returned to practice on Tuesday, but Lin sprained his left ankle during the end of that workout.

If Lin can't go, reserve Toney Douglas should see more minutes as the Rockets try to avoid their worst skid since a six-game slide spanning April 11-19.

Douglas has 62 points in Houston's last four contests - second to Harden's 83 during this stretch - to boost his average to 7.7.

The Wizards (3-15) are dealing with their own injury concerns as they've been without star point guard John Wall (left knee) all season and are trying to get on track without starting forward Trevor Booker (knee), Trevor Ariza (strained left calf) and A.J. Price (fractured right hand).

Washington, though, has a chance to win two straight for the first time this season after posting its first road victory in nine tries on Tuesday, 77-70 over New Orleans.

Jordan Crawford, the team leader with 14.8 points per game, scored 26 - a season-best for a Wizard.

"I didn't care how many shots I shot (a season-high 24). Turnovers. Nothing," Crawford said. "I just wanted to do whatever it took to win."

The Wizards have split their last six after their 0-12 start, yet they've dropped three straight and 21 of 25 at Houston since 1987-88 after getting routed 103-76 on Jan. 27.

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