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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 12/11/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




HOUSTON (15 - 8) at CLEVELAND (5 - 18)
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HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games15-8-7.412-1110-13120.460.144.7%57.0115.156.545.5%55.9
Road Games6-5-2.46-53-8119.358.543.8%54.9117.859.547.4%56.8
Last 5 Games3-2-9.42-33-2128.666.245.6%62.6116.655.444.1%51.6
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)120.460.141-9144.7%16-4634.1%23-2979.1%571222239155
vs opponents surrendering111.555.640-8945.2%12-3435.4%19-2477.6%541024218155
Team Stats (Road Games)119.358.540-9143.8%16-4734.5%23-2978.1%5512212310174
Stats Against (All Games)115.156.542-9345.5%13-3735.6%18-2474.9%561126239154
vs opponents averaging111.855.841-9045.6%12-3435.6%18-2377.3%541024228155
Stats Against (Road Games)117.859.544-9247.4%12-3436.2%18-2476.4%5711272310175

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games5-18-9.58-1310-13102.348.543.1%51.9113.057.549.2%52.6
Home Games3-9-4.44-75-7104.550.044.1%53.0112.457.549.3%48.7
Last 5 Games0-5-51-42-394.643.242.3%49.6118.062.253.2%52.2
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)102.348.538-8843.1%11-3233.1%16-2176.4%521120187153
vs opponents surrendering107.253.639-8844.6%12-3335.0%17-2375.6%531023217145
Team Stats (Home Games)104.550.038-8744.1%11-3235.1%16-2176.7%531122177154
Stats Against (All Games)113.057.544-8949.2%12-3238.1%13-1875.4%531026208137
vs opponents averaging110.255.240-8845.7%12-3335.9%18-2376.0%551024218145
Stats Against (Home Games)112.457.543-8849.3%13-3338.9%13-1679.8%49827208137
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 95,  CLEVELAND 95.1
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/1/2019@ BROOKLYN116-123L-4.5L245U41-9941.4%501242-8549.4%6420
11/3/2019@ MIAMI100-129L-3L234U31-7939.2%452247-8952.8%5715
11/4/2019@ MEMPHIS107-100W-6W230.5U35-9337.6%651740-9442.6%6014
11/6/2019GOLDEN STATE129-112W-16W228.5O48-9749.5%611238-9639.6%5810
11/9/2019@ CHICAGO117-94W-6.5W233U39-8347.0%622237-9837.8%5315
11/11/2019@ NEW ORLEANS122-116W-5.5W246.5U44-8551.8%571741-9543.2%5516
11/13/2019LA CLIPPERS102-93W-2W233U33-8638.4%601038-9838.8%6513
11/16/2019@ MINNESOTA125-105W2W230.5U43-9445.7%491138-8445.2%5618
11/20/2019@ DENVER95-105L1.5L221.5U32-7642.1%512044-9446.8%5614
11/22/2019@ LA CLIPPERS119-122L5W227O39-8446.4%491545-8751.7%5519
12/3/2019@ SAN ANTONIO133-135L-7L233.5O42-11237.5%661650-10647.2%7220
12/5/2019@ TORONTO119-109W2W231U40-9840.8%622238-8843.2%5117
12/11/2019@ CLEVELAND              
12/13/2019@ ORLANDO              
12/16/2019SAN ANTONIO              
12/19/2019@ LA CLIPPERS              
12/21/2019@ PHOENIX              
12/23/2019@ SACRAMENTO              
12/25/2019@ GOLDEN STATE              

CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/1/2019@ INDIANA95-102L7T215U32-8736.8%541639-9640.6%6512
11/8/2019@ WASHINGTON113-100W5W233U41-9045.6%531245-9646.9%5418
11/10/2019@ NEW YORK108-87W2.5W213U36-8243.9%491431-8636.0%6421
11/12/2019@ PHILADELPHIA97-98L11W219U38-8644.2%531340-8944.9%5114
11/18/2019@ NEW YORK105-123L5.5L210O36-7647.4%561944-9844.9%607
11/20/2019@ MIAMI100-124L9.5L213O37-8742.5%391941-7852.6%5823
11/22/2019@ DALLAS101-143L10.5L221O37-8643.0%391058-10058.0%565
12/7/2019@ PHILADELPHIA94-141L10.5L215O36-9637.5%461757-9063.3%588
12/9/2019@ BOSTON88-110L13L216U36-9139.6%571845-7857.7%4418
12/12/2019@ SAN ANTONIO              
12/14/2019@ MILWAUKEE              
12/16/2019@ TORONTO              
12/27/2019@ BOSTON              
HOUSTON: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-2 to Golden State in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike D'Antoni (fourth season with Rockets, 173-73; 16th season overall, 628-499).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Russell Westbrook (22.9 ppg with Oklahoma City), G James Harden (36.1), F Eric Gordon (16.2), F P.J. Tucker (7.3), C Clint Capela (12.0).
KEY LOSSES: G Chris Paul, G Iman Shumpert, C Kenneth Faried
KEY ADDITIONS: Westbrook, C Tyson Chandler, F Thabo Sefolosha, F Ryan Anderson, F Ben McLemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Westbrook and Harden as the Rockets try to prove that these two ball-dominant guards can coexist after Houston sent Paul to Oklahoma City in exchange for Westbrook. Harden and Westbrook are longtime friends and played together in Oklahoma City at the beginning of Harden's career when he was the sixth man for the Thunder and insist that things will work out because they want them to. But things have changed a lot since their Oklahoma City days and it will be interesting to see how Westbrook will adjust to playing a supporting role to Harden after being the face of the Thunder for years.
OUTLOOK: The addition of Westbrook to this team starring Harden gives the Rockets two of the league's most dynamic scorers and playmakers a year after Houston lost to Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. If the pairing of is successful it could help the Rockets become an offensive juggernaut in the stacked Western Conference. While Harden and Westbrook will drive Houston's success, players like Eric Gordon and center Clint Capela will have to continue to improve if the Rockets hope to finally get over the hump and compete for their first title since winning back-to-back championships in 1994-95.
COACH: John Beilein (first season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Collin Sexton (16.7 ppg), G Darius Garland (Rookie), F Cedi Osman (13.0 ppg), F Kevin Love (17.0 ppg, 22 games), Tristan Thompson (10.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg).
KEY LOSSES: F Channing Frye, G J.R. Smith.
KEY ADDITIONS: Beilein, Garland, C/F John Henson, G Kevin Porter Jr., G Dylan Windler.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Garland could accelerate the Cavs' rebuilding project. Before a left knee injury cut short his freshman season at Vanderbilt, the 6-foot-2 playmaker was ranked as the top player in his class, ahead of even Zion Williamson. His pairing with Sexton gives Cleveland a young, dynamic backcourt drawing comparisons to Portland's duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Sexton's growth as a rookie was extraordinary, and it will be interesting to see how he blends with Garland, who is more of a traditional point guard. Love's future, which is always in question, could hinge on how quickly the team's youngsters bloom. If the Cavs get the right offer, Love could be traded despite his hopes to stay with Cleveland.
OUTLOOK: Beilein's forte in college was player development and the former Michigan coach appears to be an ideal fit for Cleveland's youth movement. He'll push the Cavs and make sure they play hard, and Love and Thompson will give the squad invaluable leadership. Injuries have sidetracked Love the past few seasons, but the 31-year-old feels physically refreshed and is committed to showing his young teammates what it takes. It's going to be another long season in Cleveland, but there appears to be a promising future.
Rockets look to bounce back against lowly Cavs

The Houston Rockets offered a familiar refrain late Monday, one often uttered by veteran teams that occasionally lose focus during the monotonous grind of an 82-game, six-month regular season.

The Sacramento Kings played with more verve at Toyota Center and were rewarded for their effort, squeezing out a 119-118 victory when Nemanja Bjelica drilled a 33-footer at the final buzzer. Sacramento had played the previous night in Dallas and last Friday in San Antonio in the first leg of the Texas triangle yet attacked the Rockets with boundless and ceaseless energy.

Houston led by 11 points in the second quarter yet allowed the Kings to snap a 10-game losing skid at Toyota Center. Now the Rockets must travel to Cleveland to face the scuffling Cavaliers Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena saddled by this truth: they gave away the previous game.

"It's not good," Rockets forward P.J. Tucker said. "We shouldn't have been in that situation. We played down the whole game, let them stay in the game there in a back-to-back. We should have came out with a lot more energy, attacked a lot more (and) been a lot more aggressive on defense. It shouldn't have gotten to that point."

The Rockets have been here before, and perhaps performances like these are endemic of veteran rosters. Houston is the third-oldest team in the NBA with an average age of 29.1 years.

Still, considering the competitiveness of the Western Conference, surrendering games at home to inferior opponents with injury-riddled rotations can prove punitive. With the Cavaliers having dropped seven straight games and 13 of 14, the Rockets have an immediate shot to rectify their general malaise.

"You've got to be consistent on that part and take ownership in yourself," Rockets guard Russell Westbrook said following his season-best 34-point effort. "There isn't much you can do about it. I can do the best that I can making sure that we try to keep our pace, but I think collectively we've got to be able to look ourselves in the mirror and figure out how we can be able to bring it every single night and be responsible for our own actions and then look elsewhere."

Consistent energy should a given for the youthful Cavaliers, who remain stifled by myriad problems. Following its 110-88 loss at Boston on Monday, Cleveland ranked 28th in offensive rating, 29th in defensive rating and last in net rating at minus-10.9 points per 100 possessions.

Considering their limitations, the Cavaliers are seeking positives within the margins. Against the Celtics, Cleveland shaved what was a 29-point third-quarter deficit to 85-73 on a John Henson layup with 8:59 remaining in the game. Mustering the fight to rally against a far superior outfit represented a modest step forward for a team desperate for anything to serve as a foundation.

"That's how we need to play," Cavaliers veteran forward Kevin Love said of the unit that ignited the rally late in the third quarter. "Problem is putting it together for a quarter, two quarters, three quarters, 48 minutes. But that was the bright spot for us."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 8/8/2020 5:22:43 PM EST

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