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DETROIT (10 - 15) at HOUSTON (17 - 8)
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DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games10-15-8.410-1314-10108.755.946.9%52.0108.856.546.7%50.4
Road Games3-9-6.43-76-6105.754.245.4%52.1109.356.147.2%51.3
Last 5 Games3-2+13-23-2110.854.045.8%53.4109.453.446.5%53.4
DETROIT Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)108.755.940-8546.9%12-3239.0%17-2373.9%521025197155
vs opponents surrendering110.455.440-8945.5%12-3435.7%17-2376.8%541024218155
Team Stats (Road Games)105.754.239-8545.4%12-3237.0%17-2275.4%521024206165
Stats Against (All Games)108.856.541-8846.7%11-3136.0%16-2176.9%50925208135
vs opponents averaging11055.241-8945.5%12-3335.4%17-2276.2%541024218155
Stats Against (Road Games)109.356.141-8847.2%10-3035.2%16-2175.4%511026208135

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games17-8-5.413-1211-14120.660.445.3%56.0114.656.445.7%55.2
Home Games9-3-4.96-67-5121.561.745.5%58.9112.653.743.8%55.1
Last 5 Games4-1-4.42-32-3119.662.647.8%54.6110.855.645.1%49.2
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)120.660.441-9145.3%16-4635.1%22-2879.7%561122229155
vs opponents surrendering111.355.540-8945.4%12-3435.5%18-2477.4%541024218155
Team Stats (Home Games)121.561.741-9145.5%15-4533.6%24-2979.9%591123238145
Stats Against (All Games)114.656.442-9245.7%13-3736.0%17-2374.7%551126228154
vs opponents averaging11155.441-8945.4%12-3435.4%18-2377.4%541024218155
Stats Against (Home Games)112.653.741-9343.8%14-3935.1%17-2373.5%551125237144
Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 95,  HOUSTON 94.7
DETROIT - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/4/2019@ WASHINGTON99-115L3.5L225.5U34-8241.5%561943-9346.2%5111
11/6/2019NEW YORK122-102W-3.5W205.5O44-7955.7%491639-8048.7%4013
11/8/2019@ INDIANA106-112L6T209O39-8645.3%481543-8351.8%4512
11/12/2019@ MIAMI108-117L9T214.5O34-7843.6%431641-7753.2%5519
11/15/2019@ CHARLOTTE106-109L-4L220U40-8149.4%491943-9644.8%5110
11/20/2019@ CHICAGO89-109L-1L222.5U28-8333.7%541639-9142.9%6914
11/23/2019@ MILWAUKEE90-104L13L225.5U37-9140.7%501541-8448.8%6021
11/27/2019@ CHARLOTTE101-102L-4L215U41-8846.6%56839-8844.3%493
12/1/2019SAN ANTONIO132-98W-2.5W217O52-8859.1%581536-8840.9%388
12/3/2019@ CLEVELAND127-94W-3.5W216.5O51-9454.3%561138-8942.7%4613
12/9/2019@ NEW ORLEANS105-103W-1W227U36-8542.4%541840-9144.0%5812
12/14/2019@ HOUSTON              
12/20/2019@ BOSTON              
12/28/2019@ SAN ANTONIO              
12/30/2019@ UTAH              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ CLEVELAND116-110W-11.5L230.5U43-8749.4%421346-8951.7%4815
12/13/2019@ ORLANDO130-107W-6.5W220O48-8655.8%48940-9144.0%466
12/16/2019SAN ANTONIO              
12/19/2019@ LA CLIPPERS              
12/21/2019@ PHOENIX              
12/23/2019@ SACRAMENTO              
12/25/2019@ GOLDEN STATE              
12/29/2019@ NEW ORLEANS              
DETROIT: LAST SEASON: 41-41, lost in first round of Eastern Conference playoffs.
COACH: Dwane Casey (second season, 11th NBA season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Reggie Jackson (15.4 ppg), G Bruce Brown (4.3 ppg), G Tony Snell (6.0 ppg), F Blake Griffin (24.5 ppg), C Andre Drummond (17.3 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: G Wayne Ellington, G Ish Smith.
KEY ADDITIONS: G Derrick Rose, G Tony Snell.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: There are no illusions about Rose still being an MVP candidate, but he averaged 18 points a game last season and could be a real X-factor for Detroit. The Pistons have relied on the trio of Griffin, Drummond and Jackson for a while now, and Jackson has been the most erratic member of that group. If Rose gives Detroit more production at point guard, that could be a big plus for the Pistons, although his health is always a concern.
OUTLOOK: Griffin was simply terrific last season, re-establishing himself as one of the game's stars, but his injury woes popped up again right around playoff time. Detroit would love to manage his minutes in a way that keeps him fresh for the end of the season, but that won't be easy if the Pistons are on the playoff bubble like last season. Another postseason berth is certainly possible, and if things break right, maybe Detroit can get a more favorable seed and win a round, but the gap between the Pistons and the conference's top teams remains formidable.
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.
Harden becomes Pistons' headache in Houston

Presented an opportunity to take a shot at the teams that have utilized exotic defensive sets designed to stifle his scoring rampages, Houston Rockets guard James Harden did against the Orlando Magic on Friday what he accomplished in his previous game against the Cleveland Cavaliers: He rarely missed.

Two nights after pouring in 55 points on 20-for-34 shooting in Cleveland, Harden torched Orlando for 54 points while making 19 of 31 attempts. Harden matched the franchise record of 10 3-pointers against the Cavaliers and bested that effort percentage-wise on Friday in Orlando, finishing 10 of 15 from behind the arc in the Rockets' 130-107 runaway win.

Harden, who connected on 20 of 33 3-pointers during the brief two-game road trip, will look to remain scorching hot when the Rockets host the Detroit Pistons on Saturday at Toyota Center.

"I'm finally getting regular defensive coverage," Harden said when asked to explain his otherworldly perimeter shooting during the roadie. "These past other games have been box-and-1s, triple teams, double teams. It feels good to have somebody (defend) one-on-one."

Like the Cavaliers, Orlando appeared reluctant to double-team Harden and force the ball out of his hands, waiting until the second half to finally start sending a second defender his direction. By then, Harden was already in a rhythm, having posted 25 points prior to the break, including 18 in the second period alone. The pressure Orlando applied even with a help defender was token at best, as Harden tallied 13 points in the third period before adding 16 more in the final quarter.

At 39.3 points per game, Harden currently owns the third-best single-season scoring average in NBA history, bested only by Wilt Chamberlain in 1961-62 (50.4) and 1962-63 (44.8).

"It's unbelievable," said Rockets reserve guard Ben McLemore, who benefited from the gravity Harden created and shot 6 of 7 on 3s for 18 points. "I was telling him on the bench, being an opposing (player) and playing against you and being able to play with you and seeing this stuff and what you do each and every night is amazing. Obviously, he's a Hall of Famer in the future."

Harden now becomes the Pistons' problem, a cruel bit of timing considering the blistering Detroit suffered at the hands of Dallas Mavericks point forward Luka Doncic on Thursday in Mexico City.

Doncic posted a 40-point triple-double (41 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) in leading the Mavericks to a 122-111 win, the Pistons' first loss following a stretch of four wins in five games.

Perhaps most foreboding for Detroit in advance of Saturday was the assessment of Pistons coach Dwane Casey in the aftermath of the loss to Dallas. Teams have opted to aggressively double-team Harden to not only prevent his scoring binges, but to also limit his overall impact on the game offensively. Harden is a deft passer and facilitator, and Doncic is cut in a similar mold.

That Detroit struggled so mightily preventing Doncic from controlling the game is ominous given the nightmare Harden can pose for opposing defenses.

"Defensively, I thought we missed a lot of rotations," Casey said. "We were trying to get the ball out of Doncic's hands, which is very difficult to do. He sees the whole floor and I thought he picked us apart."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 8/7/2020 2:52:48 AM EST

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