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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/30/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




CHARLOTTE (21 - 61) at HOUSTON (47 - 41)
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Wednesday, 10/30/2013 8:05 PM
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CHARLOTTE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games21-61-11.130-5138-4393.447.042.5%49.8102.752.647.1%52.3
Road Games6-35-10.414-2717-2490.445.741.4%48.7104.653.848.1%54.0
Last 5 Games3-2+2.73-23-294.849.847.3%
CHARLOTTE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)93.447.034-8142.5%6-1733.5%19-2575.0%501119197136
vs opponents surrendering97.649.137-8245.1%7-2035.6%17-2275.2%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)90.445.734-8141.4%6-1832.0%18-2473.5%491117207135
Stats Against (All Games)102.752.639-8247.1%9-2338.8%16-2274.7%521225217147
vs opponents averaging97.44937-8245.1%7-2035.8%16-2275.0%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)104.653.840-8348.1%9-2239.7%16-2273.4%541325217137

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games47-41-8.644-4342-46105.553.145.8%52.3102.752.845.4%50.2
Home Games30-14+325-1921-23107.754.246.6%52.7101.252.144.8%49.5
Last 5 Games2-3+13-21-4101.852.243.8%54.0103.056.843.3%48.8
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.553.138-8345.8%11-2936.4%19-2675.1%521123208164
vs opponents surrendering98.149.237-8245.1%7-2035.7%17-2275.3%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)107.754.239-8346.6%11-2837.3%20-2675.8%531123198155
Stats Against (All Games)102.752.839-8545.4%8-2236.6%17-2278.1%501122218146
vs opponents averaging98.649.637-8245.4%7-2035.8%17-2376.0%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)101.252.138-8644.8%9-2238.4%16-2078.8%491021218146
Average power rating of opponents played: CHARLOTTE 96.3,  HOUSTON 96.6
CHARLOTTE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2013@ HOUSTON              
11/2/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
11/5/2013@ NEW YORK              
11/8/2013NEW YORK              
11/13/2013@ BOSTON              
11/15/2013@ CLEVELAND              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/2/2013@ UTAH              
11/4/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
11/5/2013@ PORTLAND              
11/7/2013LA LAKERS              
11/9/2013LA CLIPPERS              
11/13/2013@ PHILADELPHIA              
11/14/2013@ NEW YORK              
CHARLOTTE: GUARDS: KEMBA WALKER has become a more efficient scorer as well as a capable distributor. He'll sacrifice some shots with Al Jefferson coming in, but he should have more space with which to operate. Down the line, he could mesh nicely with pick-and-pop four Cody Zeller . . . GERALD HENDERSON transformed from a raw athlete into an effective, efficient scorer in the second half of last season. He should be the No. 2 or 3 option this year . . . RAMON SESSIONS is locked in as a sixth man. He's not a shooter, but his ability to get to the line makes him an effective second-unit scorer . . . BEN GORDON seems to be going through the motions at this point. His real value this season is his enormous expiring contract. FORWARDS: MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST is going to be a quality NBA player for a long time, but he's not close to being a major factor offensively. He'll continue to defend and rebound effectively for a wing, but he's a No. 4 or 5 option on the offensive end of the court . . . JOSH MCROBERTS proved good enough to be a rotational player on a bad team last year. He has a chance to start early on while the Bobcats bring some young guys along . . . CODY ZELLER struggled against length and athleticism in college, so it seems the 'Cats think he can be more of a stretch, pick-and-pop four. If he proves to be a shooter, he's athletic enough and a good enough rebounder to be a solid NBA starter . . . JEFFERY TAYLOR is a forgettable second-unit player who can defend a couple of positions. ANTHONY TOLLIVER won't see the floor much, but he can stretch the floor with his shooting ability. CENTERS: We'll see how the Bobcats mesh with AL JEFFERSON, the NBA's worst defensive big man and a lane-clogging black hole on offense. He can score, and at (an incredible) $40 million-plus, Charlotte will run everything through him . . . BISMACK BIYOMBO will play some alongside Jefferson, as the Bobcats desperately need to cancel out Jefferson's defense. But the young big man figures to be used more sparingly this year . . . BRENDAN HAYWOOD is still kicking around.
HOUSTON: GUARDS: JAMES HARDEN is a franchise player, and as one of the league's elite pick-and-roll threats, he and Dwight Howard have the potential to be dominant . . . Trade rumors will continue to circle JEREMY LIN, who isn't an off-the-ball threat to fit alongside Harden. He is, however, clearly a starting-caliber point guard . . . PATRICK BEVERLEY really shined in back-up minutes last year, and he's part of the reason that Lin is expendable. He's strong defensively, and he proved capable of running the second unit. He'll be one of the league's top back-up PGs if Lin stays . . . Rookie combo guard ISAIAH CANAAN will be developed as a spot-up shooter . . . REGGIE WILLIAMS is a roster filler . . . AARON BROOKS is around as a reclamation project . . . RONNIE BREWER provides a much-needed athletic perimeter defender. FORWARDS: CHANDLER PARSONS is an elite role player. He entered the league with the reputation as a pure athlete, but it's his ability to knock down the corner three that's made him so valuable in Houston . . . GREG SMITH looks like another great find for the Rockets. He's an athletic banger who can allow Dwight Howard to roam a bit on defense . . . DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS showed flashes as a rookie, but the stretch four looks like a situational role player for the foreseeable future . . . FRANCISCO GARCIA will lend a veteran presence to the second unit . . . Versatile TERRENCE JONES could be in for more minutes as the Rockets look for the right role players . . . OMRI CASSPI might be getting his last chance at the NBA. CENTERS: DWIGHT HOWARD should be much happier in Houston, though the Rockets still have to convince him that he can dominate as a pick-and-roll player. He should make everyone forget about his season with the Lakers . . . The fact is OMER ASIK just doesn't fit alongside Howard. But if he stays somewhat happy in Houston, he could be a valuable second-unit player . . . MARCUS CAMBY has latched on to chase a ring.
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*Bobcats-Rockets Preview* =========================

Charlotte (0-0) at Houston (0-0), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The addition of James Harden helped make the Houston Rockets a playoff team.

They hope the arrival of Dwight Howard brings even more success.

Wednesday night's opener in Houston against the inferior Charlotte Bobcats should provide a good chance to start in winning fashion.

Just over a year ago, the Rockets had Jeremy Lin and not much else in terms of star power or even recognizable names on a young and inexperienced team.

Houston traded for Harden just before the start of last season and he helped the Rockets return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Their offseason acquisition of Howard, combined with Harden's development, has catapulted the Rockets (45-37) from an afterthought in the Western Conference to a contender quicker than most anyone expected.

The challenge, of course, is for the Rockets to live up to expectations.

"We're definitely not going to be the favorite nor should we be, we've proven nothing," general manager Daryl Morey said. "We've got players that if we get them to gel and go the right way we give ourselves a shot to make some noise."

Houston signed Howard to a four-year contract worth about $88 million after one season with the Lakers. They're hoping a change of scenery will help Howard re-establish himself as the top center in the NBA.

"I'm excited to be here and I just want to win," Howard said.

Howard played in 76 games last season, but admitted that he didn't feel right after offseason back surgery. His 17.1 points a game were the lowest he's had since he averaged 15.8 in his second season and the 12.4 rebounds were his fewest since 2006. The Rockets staff put him on a new training regimen and believe he's back to his old self.

Harden had to adjust on the fly last season after his last-minute trade from Oklahoma City and is grateful to his teammates and coaching for making his transition easier. He and the rest of the Rockets aim to do the same thing for Howard this year.

"We feel the same way about Dwight, making sure he's good and making sure he's in the best situations to be successful," Harden said. "And once we get him going everything will work itself out."

Howard presents an immediate challenge for Charlotte (21-61) on the boards, where Bobcats coach Steve Clifford believes his team's biggest weakness lies.

Charlotte made a splash signing free agent center Al Jefferson to a $40.5 million contract and drafting 7-foot forward Cody Zeller fourth overall to upgrade its frontcourt. But Clifford said the Bobcats only have two proven rebounders - Jefferson and small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, last year's No. 2 overall pick.

Clifford said "other than that we don't have guys that have been even average (rebounding) with any consistency."

That has the first-year coach a little concerned despite a roster that he views as significantly more talented than the previous two seasons when the Bobcats went a combined 28-120 - the worst mark in the NBA.

"The bottom line is this: We can get a lot better on offense and a lot better on defense, but if we don't get a lot better rebounding it may not matter," Clifford said.

The Bobcats didn't give themselves much of a chance last year.

They were 29th in the league in defensive rebounds and were outrebounded on average by 3.9 per game, also second-worst in the league.

"Rebounding is something this team has struggled with and to be the team we've got to be we have to improve that," Jefferson said. "There are no excuses. It has to be done."

Howard is averaging 19.8 points, 15.1 rebounds and 3.9 blocks over his last 29 matchups with the Bobcats.

Houston has won 13 of the last 15 meetings, including eight straight at home.

Last Updated: 4/26/2018 11:47:56 PM EST

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