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NBA : ATS Matchup
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HOUSTON (43 - 25) vs. SACRAMENTO (29 - 40)
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Sunday, 8/9/2020 8:00 PM
HP Field House - Orlando, FL
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HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games43-25-2434-3429-39118.460.245.2%53.1114.658.546.1%57.2
Road Games21-15-12.719-1713-23117.760.545.2%50.4116.761.047.7%56.9
Last 5 Games4-1+3.53-21-4121.062.044.9%47.8116.662.446.1%64.4
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)118.460.241-9145.2%16-4534.9%21-2678.7%531022229145
vs opponents surrendering111.956.241-8945.9%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)117.760.540-8945.2%17-4636.0%20-2679.7%501021229155
Stats Against (All Games)114.658.542-9246.1%12-3534.7%18-2475.7%571125218155
vs opponents averaging11256.241-8946.0%12-3435.8%18-2377.3%541024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)116.761.043-9147.7%12-3434.9%18-2376.9%571126218165

SACRAMENTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games29-40-13.235-3337-31109.754.746.0%50.6111.855.446.9%52.3
Road Games15-23-1.623-1520-17109.955.745.7%50.3112.256.147.8%52.2
Last 5 Games1-4-4.32-33-2118.461.847.0%53.8123.866.249.5%52.8
SACRAMENTO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)109.754.741-8846.0%13-3536.3%16-2076.8%511023228144
vs opponents surrendering111.856.141-8945.9%12-3435.8%18-2377.2%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)109.955.741-8945.7%13-3636.5%16-2077.0%501024228134
Stats Against (All Games)111.855.440-8546.9%12-3535.7%19-2479.0%52925208144
vs opponents averaging112.256.341-8946.0%12-3435.8%18-2377.6%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)112.256.140-8547.8%12-3435.9%19-2478.1%52925197155
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 96.1,  SACRAMENTO 96.1
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/6/2020*LA LAKERS113-97W-3.5W228.5U36-8442.9%451935-7844.9%6024
8/11/2020*SAN ANTONIO              

SACRAMENTO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
7/31/2020*SAN ANTONIO120-129L-3.5L224O46-9548.4%541548-9053.3%4615
8/6/2020*NEW ORLEANS140-125W4W234O50-9353.8%52847-8257.3%4117
8/11/2020*NEW ORLEANS              
8/13/2020*LA LAKERS              
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.
SACRAMENTO: LAST SEASON: 39-43, finished ninth in Western Conference.
COACH: Luke Walton (first season with Kings, fourth season overall, 98-148).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G De'Aaron Fox (17.3 ppg), G Buddy Hield (20.7), F Harrison Barnes (14.3), F Marvin Bagley III (14.9), C Dewayne Dedmon (10.8).
KEY LOSSES: C Willie Cauley-Stein, F Corey Brewer.
KEY ADDITIONS: Dedmon, F Trevor Ariza, G Cory Joseph, F Richaun Holmes.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Kings are building around emerging stars Fox and Bagley. Fox took a major step in his second season to become one of the most complete point guards in the NBA. His speed fuels Sacramento's up-tempo attack and Walton hopes to get improved defense and 3-point shooting this season out of Fox to make him a more complete player. Bagley started only a handful of games as a rookie but took big strides in the second half when he showed the ability to be a top scorer. He increased his scoring average more than five points per game after the All-Star break to 18.5 and the Kings hope be builds on that this season.
OUTLOOK: The Kings extended the longest active playoff drought in the NBA last season when they missed the postseason for the 13th straight season. But they won their most games of any season during that stretch and finished ninth in the conference. The players view getting into the playoffs as a benchmark for a successful season but that will be hard in a deep Western Conference that only got stronger with moves this offseason.
Rockets relying on small-ball heading into tilt with Kings

The Houston Rockets were once more bullied on the backboards Thursday, yet again it mattered little in terms of the final score.

The Rockets (43-25) improved to 3-1 since the restart with their 113-97 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, winning despite a minus-14 rebounding margin.

By fully leaning into a small-ball lineup, the Rockets knowingly sacrificed rebounding in favor of opening the floor offensively for the penetration talents of guard Russell Westbrook and their gaggle of shooters.

When the Rockets face the Sacramento Kings on Sunday near Orlando, the odds are good that another disadvantage on the glass will play out. Yet despite securing only 65.9 percent of available defensive rebounds in the bubble, the lowest mark in the NBA since the restart, the Rockets continue to thrive via effort and advantages elsewhere.

"I think we've been fighting and competing," said Rockets guard James Harden, who on Saturday was named one of three finalists for league Most Valuable Player honors along with Milwaukee Bucks forward and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Lakers forward and four-time MVP LeBron James.

"Obviously with their length, they're going to get a few more offensive rebounds than we want, but I think if we're making up for it with the ball pressure and getting steal opportunities and then our offense, we're taking really good shots, I think it makes up for it."

The Rockets rank second in turnover margin on both ends, committing turnovers just 11.1 percent of the time offensively while forcing an 18.5 percent turnover rate. Their ball security combined with the ability to force miscues has offset the pounding the Rockets have taken on the glass.

The Kings (29-40) are seeded last among the six contenders for the final playoff spot in the West, having dropped four of five games in the bubble to inch toward elimination.

Sacramento sustained a 119-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday and has struggled to overcome the challenges of roster attrition that teams like Brooklyn continue to battle through positively.

"We need more," Kings coach Luke Walton said. "That's one of the positive reasons (that) it's great to be out here is we get to continue learning this. But, yeah, we've got to be better."

Sacramento has been most vulnerable on the defensive end of the court, posting a 118.8 defensive rating during the restart. The mark would rank last by almost four points per 100 possessions if extrapolated over the entire season (the Washington Wizards rank last at 114.9).

The Kings have shown flashes of offensive potency, even with a rotation altered by injury. But for a unit focused on collective growth, strides won't be made until the defense gets up to snuff.

"We'll continue to talk about it," Walton said. "I think the best way to learn a lesson is to go through things, to live through things. Going through this bubble and seeing what it's like, that should be a big-time motivator for us as a group as we continue to move forward, and it doesn't get any easier. We've got Houston, we've got New Orleans again and we've got the Lakers.

"There's going to be plenty more opportunities for us to learn that, but until we do (we'll continue to struggle defensively)."

--Field Level Media

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