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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 1/15/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




PORTLAND (17 - 24) at HOUSTON (26 - 13)
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PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games17-24-18.815-2419-21111.555.645.0%53.8113.856.444.6%57.2
Road Games8-14-13.49-128-13109.453.544.8%52.0114.057.445.4%58.2
Last 5 Games2-3-0.81-42-3106.051.242.8%52.4114.258.045.5%59.8
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.555.641-9145.0%12-3436.0%18-2281.3%541020226136
vs opponents surrendering110.355.140-8945.5%12-3435.2%18-2377.2%541024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)109.453.541-9144.8%12-3335.1%16-2078.3%521020226126
Stats Against (All Games)113.856.441-9244.6%13-3436.5%19-2576.5%571224207125
vs opponents averaging110.455.240-8945.5%12-3435.1%18-2376.9%541024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)114.057.441-9045.4%12-3435.2%20-2676.5%581224197135

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games26-13-10.520-1917-22119.060.845.4%55.5113.957.845.6%55.7
Home Games14-4-3.210-810-8120.560.845.6%59.7110.754.343.5%55.9
Last 5 Games3-2-12-32-3116.260.644.6%57.0113.256.643.8%56.6
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)119.060.841-9145.4%15-4434.9%21-2778.3%561122228155
vs opponents surrendering111.455.641-8945.6%12-3435.3%18-2377.5%541024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)120.560.842-9245.6%15-4433.9%22-2876.7%601122228145
Stats Against (All Games)113.957.842-9245.6%13-3634.6%17-2375.5%561126218145
vs opponents averaging110.855.441-8945.5%12-3435.1%18-2377.4%541024218145
Stats Against (Home Games)110.754.341-9343.5%13-3833.4%17-2373.3%561125227144
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 95.9,  HOUSTON 95.2
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/6/2019LA LAKERS113-136L4.5L225O39-8645.3%401546-8554.1%5616
12/8/2019OKLAHOMA CITY96-108L-3.5L222.5U36-10036.0%60835-8541.2%6410
12/10/2019NEW YORK115-87W-9W223.5U39-9043.3%651232-9135.2%5911
12/12/2019@ DENVER99-114L8L216.5U41-8647.7%43842-8847.7%5810
12/16/2019@ PHOENIX111-110W-2.5L227U40-8447.6%462041-9045.6%5320
12/18/2019GOLDEN STATE122-112W-9W222O44-9745.4%671041-10339.8%608
12/23/2019NEW ORLEANS94-102L-6L230U37-9140.7%551138-9340.9%6112
12/26/2019@ UTAH115-121L5.5L222.5O43-8948.3%491246-8156.8%4410
12/28/2019LA LAKERS120-128L5L224O41-8647.7%481647-9151.6%509
1/1/2020@ NEW YORK93-117L-4L225.5U37-9439.4%53847-9848.0%667
1/3/2020@ WASHINGTON122-103W-7.5W232.5U45-8851.1%54738-9042.2%5712
1/5/2020@ MIAMI111-122L5L215.5O40-8746.0%451047-9052.2%5310
1/7/2020@ TORONTO101-99W2.5W221U38-8843.2%521035-9636.5%6613
1/9/2020@ MINNESOTA102-116L1.5L224.5U35-9636.5%581044-8949.4%6414
1/15/2020@ HOUSTON              
1/17/2020@ DALLAS              
1/18/2020@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
1/20/2020GOLDEN STATE              
1/31/2020@ LA LAKERS              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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 ANTONIO109-107W-10L231.5U40-9840.8%661239-9242.4%5718
12/19/2019@ LA CLIPPERS122-117W5W236.5O43-8650.0%511843-8749.4%4718
12/21/2019@ PHOENIX139-125W-9W238O51-8758.6%391047-9151.6%538
12/23/2019@ SACRAMENTO113-104W-6W230U39-8744.8%431141-8747.1%6217
12/25/2019@ GOLDEN STATE104-116L-11L230U37-10037.0%531241-8747.1%6116
12/29/2019@ NEW ORLEANS112-127L5L223O42-8151.9%471750-10249.0%559
1/8/2020@ ATLANTA122-115W-7.5L237.5U39-9242.4%681339-10636.8%6511
1/9/2020@ OKLAHOMA CITY92-113L-3L228U34-8938.2%461443-8749.4%5813
1/14/2020@ MEMPHIS110-121L-6L238.5U37-8643.0%501546-9051.1%487
1/18/2020LA LAKERS              
1/20/2020OKLAHOMA CITY              
1/24/2020@ MINNESOTA              
1/26/2020@ DENVER              
1/27/2020@ UTAH              
1/29/2020@ PORTLAND              
PORTLAND: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-0 to Golden State in the Western Conference finals.
COACH: Terry Stotts (eighth season with Trail Blazers, 325-249; 12th season overall, 440-417).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Damian Lillard (25.8 ppg), G CJ McCollum (21.0), F Rodney Hood (11.2), F Zach Collins (8.6), C Hassan Whiteside (12.3 with Miami).
KEY LOSSES: F Al-Farouq Aminu, F Evan Turner, F Maurice Harkless, C Meyers Leonard.
KEY ADDITIONS: Whiteside, C Pau Gasol, F Anthony Tolliver, G Kent Bazemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Blazers will count on Whiteside at center while Jusuf Nurkic recovers from a broken leg he suffered during a game in March. Nurkic probably won't return until January, at the earliest. The Blazers added some insurance at the position by signing Pau Gasol, who is also making his way back from surgery. Portland will look to Zach Collins to take the next step in his third season in the league. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum form one of the best backcourt duos in the league.
OUTLOOK: In the loaded Western Conference, the revamped Trail Blazers, with a total of seven new players, will have to come together sooner rather than later. A key will be how Whiteside gels with the rest of the team. The 7-footer was acquired in a trade with the Miami, where his production fell off last season after three strong seasons. The Blazers will again emphasize defensive improvement going into the season, something Stotts has routinely preached each fall camp. Lillard signed a supermax extension in the offseason, and appears to be a Blazer for the long haul. Expectations are high for Portland after making the Western Conference finals last season, and players say they're not going to be satisfied with simply making the playoffs, the goal now is to go deep into the postseason.
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.
Westbrook to return to lineup as Rockets host Blazers

With the Rockets committed to not playing Russell Westbrook in back-to-back games, the onus remains on someone else to fill the void and provide a reasonable facsimile of his production.

On Tuesday in Memphis, the Rockets again fell short without Westbrook, blowing an early 11-point lead and falling 121-110 to the Grizzlies. Westbrook will Wednesday when the Rockets host the Portland Trail Blazers, but in the interim, the problems that have plagued them without Westbrook continue unabated.

"When Russ is not around, we've got to find a little bit more punch," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Somebody's got to step up."

Losers of four of five on the road after winning the first three games of their mid-December road trip, the Rockets have won both games of a back-to-back only once in five sets this season, recording splits in each of the last three instances. Some aspect of their game typically fails them with Westbrook watching from the bench with the most frequent culprit, lackadaisical defense, again arising against the Grizzlies.

Memphis produced 25 fast-break points to fuel its victory, 16 in the first-half when the Grizzlies seized control with an 18-6 run that yielded a 59-47 advantage. The Grizzlies entered the game third in the NBA in pace, and the Rockets did little to slow them, suffering numerous defensive breakdowns in transition to provide the spark Memphis needed to win its sixth consecutive game.

"We didn't bring it," Rockets guard James Harden said. "They didn't feel us (defensively) from the beginning of the game."

Seven games under .500 halfway through the schedule isn't the position the Trail Blazers anticipated holding following their berth in the Western Conference Finals last postseason. For Portland, establishing any semblance of lasting momentum has been an arduous challenge, with their 115-112 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday just the Trail Blazers' third win over 11 games since a four-game winning streak improved their record to 14-16 on Dec. 21.

Injuries, particularly to bigs Jusuf Nurkic (leg), Zach Collins (shoulder) and Skal Labissiere (knee), have curtailed the Trail Blazers' aspirations. Short on consistent production outside of its starting backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, Portland has been in a constant search for contributions elsewhere.

Against Charlotte, veteran forward Anthony Tolliver delivered a season-high 16 points, all in the fourth quarter, to steady the Trail Blazers after they surrendered 43 points in the previous period. Until their roster overcomes the injury adversity, assuming it ever does, the Trail Blazers will require more of the surprising efforts like what Tolliver delivered in order to climb back into contention in the West.

"A win that we needed and he came through," said Lillard, who scored a game-high 30 points on Monday.

"We're in a situation where we need to win as many games as possible. Regardless of how someone is shooting the ball or the kind of season they've had, any time we can have someone come up big and contribute to a win, we'll take it. And I think that was A.T."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 1/19/2021 11:01:11 AM EST

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