This Wednesday, the (20-26) Washington Wizards will travel to Houston, TX to take on the (11-36) Houston Rockets. Tipoff will be at 8:00 PM EST inside the Toyota Center (Houston). This will be the first meeting between these two teams, as I am expecting a battle in this one.
The Washington Wizards are entering this one after defeating the Orlando Magic, 138-118. They also battled with the Mavericks on Tuesday night. They looked great on the offensive end of the court, as they will have to stay hot in this one if they want to challenge the Rockets on the road.
The Houston Rockets are coming into this game after taking down the Minnesota Timberwolves, 119-114. They looked fantastic on both ends of the floor, as they will have to stay efficient in this one if they want to take care of business at home.
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This game was written/published before last night's results.
Can the Wizards Show Up on the Road?The Washington Wizards are currently in 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings, as they are 14 games back from the Celtics. On offense, they are scoring 112.5 points per game and they have shit 48% from the floor. This is the 23rd most points scored per contest and the ninth-highest team shooting percentage. According to dunksandthrees.com, the Wizards have an adjusted offensive rating of 114, which is the 14th-highest rating in the NBA. Kyle Kuzma has continued to lead the way on the offensive end of the floor, as he is scoring 21.8 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field. Washington has also shown that they struggle to consistently knock down shots from behind the arc. They are only shooting 35% from deep, which is the 20th-highest three-point shooting percentage in the league. Washington has also shot 77.6% from the charity stripe, which is the 20th-highest free-throw shooting percentage.
On the defensive end of the court, the Wizards are surrendering 113.3 points per game and their opponents have shot 46.3% from the field. This is the 15th least amount of points allowed per game and the sixth-lowest shooting percentage allowed from the floor. According to dunksandthrees.com, the Wizards have an adjusted defensive rating of 113.8, which is the 14th lowest rating in the NBA. Unfortunately, they have struggled to consistently defend on the perimeter. They have allowed their opponents to shoot 36.2% from deep, which is the 18th-lowest three-point shooting percentage allowed. The Wizards are also grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game, which is the 11th most.
Injury Report: Kristaps Porzingis PF (Ankle) is out.
Will the Rockets Stay Hot?The Houston Rockets are currently in last place in the Western Conference standings, as they are 22 games back from the first-place Nuggets. On offense, they are scoring 109.9 points per game and they have shot 44.8% from the field. This is the 28th most points scored per contest and the lowest team shooting percentage. According to dunksandthrees.com, the Rockets have an adjusted offensive rating of 109.4, which is the lowest rating in the NBA. Jalen Green continues to lead the way on the offensive end of the floor, as he is scoring 22.1 points per game on 41.6% shooting from the field. Houston has also shown that they have more success when they take the ball to the hole. They are only shooting 33.1% from deep, which is the 29th-highest three-point shooting percentage in the league. The Houston Rockets have also shot 75.4% from the charity stripe, which is the 24th-highest free-throw shooting percentage in the NBA.
On the defensive end of the court, the Rockets continue to give up points. They are currently allowing 117.4 points per contest and their opponents have shot 47.7% from the floor. This is the 25th least amount of points given up per game and the 21st-lowest shooting percentage allowed. According to dunksandthrees.com, the Rockets have an adjusted defensive rating of 117.1, which is the 28th lowest rating in the NBA. Houston has struggled to defend shots near the rim, but their perimeter defense has hurt them as well. Their opponents have shot 36.7% from behind the arc, which is the 24th-lowest three-point shooting percentage allowed. The Rockets are also snatching 46.6 rebounds per game, which is the fourth most.
Injury Report: Jabari Smith Jr. PF (Ankle) is questionable. Kevin Porter Jr. SG (Foot) is out.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
I like the Wizards ML on the road, as I don't see them falling to this struggling Rockets team. Yes, Houston took down the Timberwolves in their last matchup, but Washington has the advantage on the defensive end of the court. They aren't going to allow the Rockets to score enough points to win this game. They are currently surrendering the 15th least amount of points per game and they have held their opponents to the sixth-lowest shooting percentage from the field. They will apply pressure and make it difficult for Houston to consistently score. The Rockets have also struggled offensively, as they are only scoring the 25th most points per game and they have the lowest shooting percentage from the field. They won't take advantage of their open shots and they will slowly fall behind. Yes, Porzingis will be out, but Washington has enough talent on their roster to take down this shaky Rockets team. Washington also has the 14th-highest adjusted offensive rating, as they will find different ways to score throughout this game. The Rockets are one of the worst teams in the league and I don't see them winning multiple games in a row.
Pick the Washington Wizards ML.
Full-Game Total Pick
I am going to take the under in this matchup, as I don't see either team scoring enough points to push this total over the number. According to dunksandthrees.com, the Wizards have the 18th lowest adjusted tempo rating and the Rockets have the 16th lowest. Neither team will look to consistently score in transition or push the ball up the court with pace, as this will limit the number of shots taken from the field. Houston has also been one of the worst offensive teams in the league, as they are only scoring the 28th most points per game and they have the lowest team shooting percentage. They will go cold at different parts in this game and keep this total under the number. Now, I don't fully trust the Wizards either. They will be without their leading scorer in Porzingis and they are only scoring the 23rd most points per game. They will struggle to find their groove and they won't light up the scoreboard in this one.
Pick the under and expect both of these teams to struggle on the offensive end of the court.