Tue, Mar 8, 1:09pm by Kevin Pitstock
Game: NBA Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 12:30pm AEST
The U.S. Airways Center is the site for this NBA game between the visiting Houston Rockets and the Home team Phoenix Suns. The Suns come in with a 32-29 record overall ad 17-13 record at home. The Rockets are 32-32 for the season and 15-19 on the road.
Houston is from the Southwest Division where they have won seven of their last ten games but lost their last outing while the Suns have been successful six of the last ten games and also lost their last game. We will check odds courtesy of Sportsbet after we preview each team to make our pick for your bet.
The Suns are lead in scoring by guard Steve Nash with his 16 points per game average. He also leads the team with an outstanding 11 assists per game to go with shooting 50% from the field. Channing Frye controls inside the paint with 6.6 rebounds per game and he blocks one shot per game. Jared Dudley makes one steal per game to lead in that offensive category.
The team scores 105.3 points per game and ironically they give up 105.3 points to their opponents per game. The are 6th in the NBA in field goal shooting percentage at 47.2 and the are 3rd with 38.3% from 3-point range. Phoenix is out-rebounded in most games as they allow 43.9 boards per game and are only able to gather 40.1 boards of their own per game.
The Rockets are the 3rd highest scoring team in the NBA as they average 105.6 points per game and allow back 101 points. From the field they shoot 45% along with 36% 3-point shooting and are 4th in free throw accuracy at 79%. On the boards they also give up more rebounds per game than they get. Houston garners 42.4 boards per game and allow 43 per game.
Kevin Martin is the scoring leader in Houston with 23 points per game. Kyle Lowry give out 6.4 assists per game and makes 1.4 steals per game on the average. Luis Scola handles the paint by swiping 8.2 rebounds per game and shoots 50% from the field. Jordan Hill follows with just short of one steal per game to lead the team.
Pick and Prediction
Phoenix Suns find this a favorable match-up being at home to a team they defeated earlier on the road by the score of 123-116. Channing Frye may be out with an injury for this game but the Suns have two oldies to play in his spot in Grant Hill and Vince Carter. They both are capable replacements. Odds at Sportsbet -5 Phoenix to win. Our expert pick is for them to handle Houston without trouble. Bet this with confidence.
Our Pick: Bet -5 Phoenix at Sportsbet
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