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NBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 12/31/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




ATLANTA (19 - 9) at HOUSTON (16 - 14)
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Monday, 12/31/2012 7:05 PM
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ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games19-9+7.812-1514-1397.750.145.6%49.495.047.844.0%50.9
Road Games8-4+7.57-54-794.149.545.9%47.791.848.843.7%49.2
Last 5 Games4-1+2.63-23-2101.851.647.8%48.497.447.045.3%49.0
ATLANTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.750.137-8245.6%9-2337.4%14-2070.9%491023179145
vs opponents surrendering97.34936-8244.2%7-2135.4%17-2375.4%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)94.149.536-7845.9%9-2238.4%14-2070.8%48921169156
Stats Against (All Games)95.047.836-8244.0%7-2036.8%15-1881.0%511121199155
vs opponents averaging96.848.236-8244.3%7-1935.6%17-2276.0%521221208145
Stats Against (Road Games)91.848.835-8143.7%7-2035.9%14-1879.5%4910221910155

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games16-14+2.416-1317-13105.353.145.2%52.4103.852.346.1%51.1
Home Games11-6+2.410-710-7107.453.845.4%51.9102.851.945.4%52.5
Last 5 Games3-2+2.64-14-1107.656.248.6%48.2104.655.848.0%46.8
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.353.138-8445.2%10-2735.5%20-2676.8%521123199164
vs opponents surrendering9748.637-8244.5%7-2035.4%17-2275.7%511121208145
Team Stats (Home Games)107.453.838-8345.4%10-2836.6%22-2877.3%521023199165
Stats Against (All Games)103.852.340-8746.1%8-2336.8%15-2076.4%511123199156
vs opponents averaging98.549.337-8245.0%7-2036.5%18-2376.5%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)102.851.940-8845.4%9-2338.3%15-1975.1%521122209156
Average power rating of opponents played: ATLANTA 94.7,  HOUSTON 98
ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/23/2012@ CHARLOTTE101-91W-3.5W190.5O42-7853.8%522131-8337.3%4913
11/24/2012LA CLIPPERS104-93W2W188O38-7550.7%481832-7542.7%4114
12/8/2012@ MEMPHIS93-83W7.5W188.5U34-7744.2%561433-7742.9%4516
12/10/2012@ MIAMI92-101L6.5L197.5U32-7542.7%351439-6758.2%4514
12/12/2012@ ORLANDO86-80W-5W190U35-8043.7%521431-8138.3%4915
12/15/2012GOLDEN STATE93-115L-6.5L197O31-8436.9%541149-9949.5%6011
12/18/2012@ WASHINGTON100-95W-7L186.5O34-7843.6%581536-9537.9%6113
12/19/2012OKLAHOMA CITY92-100L5.5L200U36-9438.3%561136-8442.9%5715
12/21/2012@ PHILADELPHIA80-99L-2.5L188U31-7939.2%441744-8651.2%5312
12/28/2012@ CLEVELAND102-94W-5.5W189.5O38-7848.7%501436-8641.9%4311
12/31/2012@ HOUSTON              
1/1/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
1/4/2013@ DETROIT              
1/8/2013@ MINNESOTA              
1/9/2013@ CLEVELAND              
1/12/2013@ WASHINGTON              
1/14/2013@ CHICAGO              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ TORONTO96-103L-4.5L200U32-7841.0%531239-8545.9%497
12/17/2012@ NEW YORK109-96W7.5W209.5U40-7851.3%501739-9043.3%5117
12/25/2012@ CHICAGO120-97W5W197.5O46-8256.1%491037-8344.6%4011
12/26/2012@ MINNESOTA87-84W5.5W210.5U33-8140.7%551632-8438.1%5214
12/28/2012@ SAN ANTONIO116-122L8.5W213.5O45-8652.3%492444-7757.1%3819
12/29/2012OKLAHOMA CITY94-124L4.5L212.5O33-8339.8%452445-9447.9%6321
1/2/2013NEW ORLEANS              
1/4/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
1/5/2013@ CLEVELAND              
1/8/2013LA LAKERS              
1/9/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
1/11/2013@ BOSTON              
1/12/2013@ PHILADELPHIA              
1/15/2013LA CLIPPERS              
1/16/2013@ DALLAS              
ATLANTA: GUARDS: GM Danny Ferry has really talked up JEFF TEAGUE, who will be more of a traditional point guard with Joe Johnson gone . . . DEVIN HARRIS is going to play plenty of minutes, both alongside Teague and off the bench . . . LOU WILLIAMS is a sixth man. He lacks the mentality to run the point and the size to guard opposing twos. His role will be similar to what it was in Philly . . . KYLE KORVER and ANTHONY MORROW are pure shooters who do little else. They can play the three in a pinch, and the hot hand will get the minutes . . . Coach Larry Drew could call on DeSHAWN STEVENSON for the occasional defense-heavy lineup. More likely, he'll rack up the DNP-CDs . . . JOHN JENKINS might be the best shooter in the rookie class, but he'll be buried on the depth chart. FORWARDS: JOSH SMITH rescinded his trade demand, perhaps because he'll now be the focal point of the offense. He was more aggressive on both ends of the floor last year. As long as he resists the urge to float on the perimeter, he should emerge as an All-Star . . . Considering the makeup of this roster, Atlanta will utilize a lot of three-guard lineups. Korver and Morrow can stretch a defense from that third guard/small forward spot, with Stevenson stepping in as an agitator . . . After scoring double-figures six times in April, IVAN JOHNSON was re-signed to once again provide some muscle inside . . . Rookie MIKE SCOTT is polished after five years at Virginia, but doesn't have the athleticism to be an impact player . . . ANTHONY TOLLIVER is a defensive specialist with very little offense to contribute. CENTERS: AL HORFORD will get his wish to play more power forward this season, though he'll remain their primary option at center. He's healthy again and is one of the most consistent bigs in the NBA . . . ZAZA PACHULIA filled in admirably for Horford last year. But it's back to bench duty for the bruising big . . . JOHAN PETRO is French for "12th man."
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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*Hawks-Rockets Preview* =======================


Atlanta (19-9) at Houston (16-14), 7:00 p.m. EDT

If Josh Smith misses another game, the Atlanta Hawks will still have plenty of confidence in their offense as they open their trip.

That doesn't bode well for a Houston Rockets team giving up points - and giving the ball away - at an alarming rate.

Going for just its third win in Houston in 21 years, Atlanta will try to extend its winning streak to five on Monday night when these teams close out 2012 and their season series.

Without Smith - the team's leading scorer at 16.6 points per game - who aggravated a hip flexor in Friday's 102-94 victory at Cleveland, and Devin Harris (sore left foot) and Anthony Morrow (strained right hip), the short-handed Hawks (19-9) defeated Indiana 109-100 on Saturday.

"Guys scored some key points," said center Al Horford, who finished with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists despite playing with a right hip contusion. "We got stops when we needed to. That was a game where we got better."

The Hawks would obviously prefer to have Smith back as they open their three-game stretch outside Atlanta, but Zaza Pachulia has been more than a capable backup, averaging 8.4 points and 9.1 rebounds in seven starts this season after scoring 17 with a season high-tying 14 boards on Saturday.

"Zaza is going to do whatever it takes to be ready, whether he starts or whether he comes in off the bench," coach Larry Drew told the Hawks' official website.

First-year Hawks guard Lou Williams - last year's runner-up to Houston's James Harden for Sixth Man of the Year honors - is proving to be an effective starter. Since Drew inserted Williams into the starting shooting guard spot four games ago, he is averaging 17.8 points and 6.5 assists after scoring 21 with a career-best 12 assists on Saturday.

Atlanta is scoring 107.3 points per game on 49.8 percent field-goal shooting during its surge.

While the Hawks are going for their first five-game win streak since a season-best six-game stretch spanning Nov. 16-28, the Rockets (16-14) are in bounce-back mode after a pair of setbacks.

Coming off a 122-116 loss at San Antonio on Friday that ended its season-best five-game winning streak, Houston suffered its most lopsided home loss in three seasons on Saturday, 124-94 to Oklahoma City.

It's the first time the Rockets have surrendered 120 in back-to-back games since a three-game stretch from April 7-11, 1995.

"We're going to go through tough times like this," forward Chandler Parsons told the Rockets' official website. "We're going to go through great stretches like we just went through but we're going to learn and get better together."

The Rockets have to get better with the basketball after committing a season-high 24 turnovers in each of the last two games. Harden and Jeremy Lin each have a team-high nine during that stretch.

Harden, though, has reached the 20-point plateau in a career-best 12 consecutive games. The last Rocket to have a stretch that long was Yao Ming, who reached 20 in 14 straight from Feb. 22-March 20, 2006.

Harden netted a career-high 45 points as the visiting Rockets won their fourth in this row series on Nov. 2, 109-102.

Houston has won two straight at home over Atlanta after posting a 95-84 victory last New Year's Eve.

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