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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 3/9/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
HOUSTON
 
PHOENIX
-7  

+7  
-300

+220

210.5
 
105
Final
107

HOUSTON (34 - 29) at PHOENIX (21 - 41)
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Saturday, 3/9/2013 9:05 PM
Board OpenLatest
509HOUSTON-6.5-6.5
510PHOENIX209210
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games34-29-1.234-2834-29106.853.746.5%51.7103.652.946.1%49.7
Road Games14-20-5.215-1816-18102.951.645.2%51.4103.052.946.2%49.6
Last 5 Games3-2-2.42-32-3112.657.848.2%51.0104.657.048.7%47.2
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)106.853.739-8346.5%11-2937.1%19-2575.3%521123208164
vs opponents surrendering9849.237-8245.0%7-2035.8%17-2275.2%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)102.951.637-8245.2%10-2935.8%18-2474.8%511122218163
Stats Against (All Games)103.652.939-8546.1%8-2237.6%17-2177.5%501123208146
vs opponents averaging98.549.437-8245.4%7-2036.2%17-2275.5%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)103.052.939-8446.2%8-2235.9%18-2378.4%501023208146

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games21-41-1424-3628-3294.548.844.2%49.6100.050.946.7%51.7
Home Games14-16-1.310-208-2193.047.043.2%50.295.549.145.7%52.0
Last 5 Games3-2+0.42-32-392.846.643.6%52.698.047.444.4%52.4
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)94.548.837-8444.2%6-1732.7%15-1974.4%501122218155
vs opponents surrendering984937-8245.1%7-2035.7%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)93.047.036-8443.2%6-1833.6%14-1973.7%501121209145
Stats Against (All Games)100.050.938-8246.7%7-1739.1%17-2274.6%521122188145
vs opponents averaging98.549.537-8245.3%7-2036.1%17-2276.1%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)95.549.137-8045.7%6-1737.1%16-2173.4%521021198165
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 96.1,  PHOENIX 95.9
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
1/28/2013@ UTAH125-80W3.5W208U47-8952.8%52532-8139.5%5015
1/30/2013@ DENVER110-118L4L216.5O39-8148.1%522142-8251.2%5120
2/2/2013CHARLOTTE109-95W-12W208.5U42-8251.2%541433-7941.8%4013
2/5/2013GOLDEN STATE140-109W-2.5W217O46-9150.5%59841-8647.7%4712
2/6/2013@ MIAMI108-114L7.5W206.5O39-8048.7%471640-8248.8%4410
2/8/2013PORTLAND118-103W-7.5W211O47-7959.5%441040-8845.5%4511
2/10/2013@ SACRAMENTO111-117L-6.5L218.5O44-8949.4%501540-8746.0%4713
2/12/2013@ GOLDEN STATE116-107W4W217O43-9147.3%531138-8445.2%5413
2/13/2013@ LA CLIPPERS96-106L11W208U36-8243.9%502137-7549.3%4418
2/20/2013OKLAHOMA CITY122-119W3W220.5O44-9247.8%451842-8748.3%5522
2/22/2013@ BROOKLYN106-96W-1.5W207.5U41-7753.2%471640-9144.0%4913
2/23/2013@ WASHINGTON103-105L-1.5L211U38-8445.2%471641-8051.2%4713
2/27/2013MILWAUKEE107-110L-9L220U42-8947.2%581743-8948.3%4917
3/1/2013@ ORLANDO118-110W-9L212.5O42-7754.5%401244-7856.4%4114
3/3/2013DALLAS136-103W-5.5W219O46-8057.5%531338-8047.5%4218
3/6/2013@ DALLAS108-112L1.5L221U35-7844.9%501245-8354.2%4111
3/8/2013@ GOLDEN STATE94-88W2W223U27-7436.5%541233-8737.9%6316
3/9/2013@ PHOENIX              
3/13/2013PHOENIX              
3/15/2013MINNESOTA              
3/17/2013GOLDEN STATE              
3/20/2013UTAH              
3/22/2013CLEVELAND              
3/24/2013SAN ANTONIO              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
1/30/2013LA LAKERS92-86W3W204U38-8345.8%431133-7842.3%5619
2/1/2013DALLAS99-109L-2.5L201O38-8942.7%511340-8845.5%5815
2/2/2013@ GOLDEN STATE93-113L10.5L202O35-8640.7%541245-8950.6%5313
2/5/2013@ MEMPHIS96-90W8.5W183.5O37-7350.7%492136-8243.9%3916
2/6/2013@ NEW ORLEANS84-93L6.5L195U35-7844.9%461639-7552.0%4111
2/8/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY96-127L14L205.5O39-8347.0%431650-8757.5%478
2/10/2013OKLAHOMA CITY69-97L8L204U30-9133.0%602234-7644.7%5013
2/12/2013@ LA LAKERS85-91L9.5W202U35-8541.2%551936-8343.4%5319
2/19/2013@ PORTLAND102-98W6.5W193O41-8250.0%561733-8041.2%4114
2/20/2013@ GOLDEN STATE98-108L8.5L205.5O40-8447.6%501442-8748.3%4710
2/22/2013BOSTON88-113L1L189.5O35-8441.7%491344-7955.7%5212
2/24/2013SAN ANTONIO87-97L9L198.5U30-8137.0%592032-7244.4%4817
2/26/2013MINNESOTA84-83W-1.5L197.5U37-9140.7%652031-9034.4%6616
2/27/2013@ SAN ANTONIO105-101W16W198.5O44-9546.3%571535-8143.2%5717
3/1/2013ATLANTA92-87W3.5W194.5U36-8144.4%451731-7342.5%4920
3/6/2013TORONTO71-98L0L192U28-7437.8%512837-7748.1%4421
3/8/2013@ SACRAMENTO112-121L7.5L210O43-9047.8%451345-8254.9%4615
3/9/2013HOUSTON              
3/11/2013DENVER              
3/13/2013@ HOUSTON              
3/15/2013@ ATLANTA              
3/16/2013@ WASHINGTON              
3/18/2013LA LAKERS              
3/20/2013WASHINGTON              
3/22/2013MINNESOTA              
3/24/2013BROOKLYN              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
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.
PHOENIX: GUARDS: With Steve Nash gone, GORAN DRAGIC takes over at the point. He was a monster as a starter in Houston late last year, and he's familiar with Phoenix's system from his time there as Nash's backup . . . SHANNON BROWN is one of the league's better sixth men and could end up seeing close to starter minutes this year. Once just a raw athlete, he's made major strides as a shooter and ball-handler . . . KENDALL MARSHALL was a bit of a product of an absurdly talented supporting cast in college at UNC. He's got work to do to become an NBA-caliber starter, but he'll be capable enough as a backup point guard as a rookie . . . SEBASTIAN TELFAIR still can't hit an open jump shot, but will factor into the backcourt rotation. FORWARDS: LUIS SCOLA steps in as the starting four. While he's in his 30's and an underwhelming athlete, he's crafty and relentless . . . JARED DUDLEY will continue to be their main catch-and-shoot threat on the wing. It might take a while to develop an on-court chemistry with Dragic . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY has a chance to grab a starting spot. He rarely has his head on straight, but he can score . . . CHANNING FRYE, the sharp-shooting 7-footer, will likely miss the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart, but this condition is expected to completely heal . . . WESLEY JOHNSON gets a fresh start. He needs to start knocking down shots to land a rotation spot . . . MARKIEFF MORRIS showed flashes as a rookie, but has to make better decisions on the offensive end. He'll be a key on the second unit . . . Well-traveled P.J. TUCKER earned himself a roster spot with an impressive Summer League. CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT had a great year-and-a-half alongside Steve Nash, and he'll have to prove he can create in the low post a little more. But he's a skilled big man who should pair nicely with Luis Scola as a scorer and passer in the post . . . Injury-riddled JERMAINE O'NEAL is still a strong low-post defender and shot-blocker.
PREVIEW
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*Rockets-Suns Preview* ======================

By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer

Houston (34-29) at Phoenix (21-41), 9:00 p.m. EDT

The Houston Rockets are looking to continue pulling away in the Western Conference playoff race, and having all four of their season meetings with the last-place Phoenix Suns remaining should certainly help.

Chandler Parsons will try to keep the Rockets rolling Saturday night when they face the short-handed Suns for the first of back-to-back games.

Houston (34-28) overcame one of its worst shooting performances to defeat Golden State 94-88 on Friday. The Rockets connected on just 36.5 percent from the floor, but they had 11 steals while holding the Warriors to 37.9 percent shooting to win for the third time in four games.

"We definitely had some positive steps in our defense," said swingman James Harden, who shot 3 for 17 from the field while needing to sink 11 of 14 free throws to reach 20 points. "On the road, playoff-atmosphere game, it shows the type of camaraderie we've got and the kind of togetherness we're building."

That could play a part in reaching the playoffs for the first time four seasons.

Houston is seventh in the West, one game behind Golden State for sixth and two in front of the ninth-place Los Angeles Lakers.

The Rockets, though, may benefit from having four of their remaining 19 games against Phoenix (21-41), which is tied with New Orleans for the conference's worst record.

After facing the Suns on the road, Houston will host them to open a seven-game homestand Wednesday, but Phoenix will face Denver on Monday.

Parsons looks to continue his impressive production, averaging 24.3 points on 63.6 percent shooting - 61.4 percent (27 for 44) from beyond the arc - over the past six games. The second-year forward scored 26 points while hitting 6 of 8 from long range against the Warriors.

He wasn't very effective against the Suns last season, averaging 5.8 points while the teams split four meetings.

Harden, however, has put up 25.6 points per game in his past five matchups while with Oklahoma City, scoring 40 in a 109-97 victory at Phoenix on April 18.

The Suns may have a hard time slowing down Parsons and Harden's drives through the lane with centers Marcin Gortat and Jermaine O'Neal out.

Gortat may be done for the season with a right mid-foot sprain, while O'Neal is slated to miss a third game to be with his 13-year-old daughter, who is undergoing surgery to repair a leaking heart valve.

Phoenix didn't fare too well without them Friday, falling 121-112 at Sacramento after losing 98-71 at home to Toronto two days earlier to halt a three-game winning streak.

Luis Scola, who spent his first five seasons with Houston, had 14 points and nine rebounds while starting just his fifth career game at center Friday. He's facing the Rockets for the first time since leaving them via free agency last summer.

"With Gortat and Jermaine out, those two guys are our anchors and they really support us down low defensively," coach Lindsey Hunter said. "But we can't talk about what we don't have. One of our favorite phrases is no excuses and the next guy has to step up. So we'll have to go back to the drawing board."

Michael Beasley did his part against the Kings, pouring in 24 points after averaging 4.3 over the eight prior games. The forward totaled 12 points over his last two meetings with Houston after scoring 34 in the previous two - all with Minnesota.


Last Updated: 10/21/2014 2:26:53 AM EST


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