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Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 2/9/2024 Preview and Pick

Game: Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors

Date: Friday, February 9, 2024

Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON

TV: TSN

Scotiabank Arena is where the Toronto Raptors (18-33) will take on the Houston Rockets (23-27) on Friday.

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The Rockets took the court against the Pacers and took a loss by a score of 132-129 in their last game. When talking about fouls, the Rockets ended up finishing with 16 and the Pacers accounted for 20 fouls. They converted 15 out of their 32 shots from 3-point land. Indiana finished the game at 64.3% when shooting free throws by knocking down 9 of their 14 attempts. Additionally, Indiana had 25 rebounds (5 offensive, 20 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Indiana doled out 35 assists and had 7 steals in this contest. When discussing defense, Houston allowed the other team to go 62.8% from the field on 54 out of 86 shooting. They also doled out 26 assists in the matchup while creating 12 turnovers and getting 5 steals. With regard to hauling in rebounds, they collected 48 with 20 of them being of the offensive variety. When they shot from the free throw line, the Rockets converted 17 of their 23 shots for a rate of 73.9%. Houston wrapped up the game having earned a 51.5% field goal percentage (50 of 97) and buried 12 out of their 25 shots from beyond the perimeter.

Jalen Green is a player who had an impact in this matchup. Green finished shooting 60.0% from the field and also recorded 1 assist. He was on the court for 33 mins and also totaled 3 boards. He ended up finishing with 30 points on 12 out of 20 shooting.

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Houston comes into this matchup with a mark of 23-27 so far this season. They are averaging 113.7 points per game (21st in the league) on 46.4% from the field. The Rockets are shooting 35.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (599 of 1,702) and 77.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Houston is grabbing 45.3 rebounds per contest and has racked up 1,254 dimes this year, which is 25th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 12.7 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 21.4 fouls on a nightly basis.

On defense, the Rockets are forcing 13.5 turnovers per game and they draw 20.2 fouls. They are 3rd in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,225 conceded on the season. The Rockets defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 46.1% (2,019 of 4,379) and they concede 44.2 boards per game as a basketball team. They give up 34.7% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 10th in the league in PPG from their opponents (112.7).

In their last game, the Raptors walked away with a victory by a final of 123-117 when they played the Hornets. When talking about rebounding, Toronto permitted Charlotte to get 38 overall (9 on the offensive side). They went 41.0% from three-point range by shooting 16 of 39 and ended up going 13 out of 20 from the charity stripe (65.0%). The Raptors permitted the Hornets to bury 44 of their 90 tries from the field which had them sitting at 48.9% for this game. When all was said and done, the Raptors ended up going 43 for 81 from the floor which had them at 53.1%. Regarding 3-point attempts, Toronto buried 17 out of 33 attempts (51.5%). They were able to bury 20 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 83.3%. The Hornets committed 20 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Raptors to the charity stripe for 24 tries. They also coughed up the ball 9 times, while earning 5 steals for the matchup. The Raptors were able to corral 34 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 41 for the matchup.

RJ Barrett ended up having an impact for the Raptors in this matchup. Barrett had 23 points in his 33 mins on the court and had 5 assists in the game. He converted 9 of 15 in the game for a field goal percentage of 60.0%, and accumulated 6 rebounds.

Toronto has a record of 18-33 so far this season. On the offensive side of the court, the Raptors are hitting on 48.0% from the field, which ranks 12th in basketball. Toronto has scored 5,837 pts for the season (114.5 per game) and they pull down 43.4 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 29.5 times per contest (2nd in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.4 times per contest. The Raptors are committing 18.5 fouls every game and they connect on 74.6% from the free throw line.

The Raptors on defense are ranked 19th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 117.7. They are able to force 13.4 TO’s every game and allow teams to shoot 48.8% from the floor (23rd in the NBA). The Toronto defense allows 37.8% on 3-point shots (676 of 1,790) and opponents are converting on 80.4% of their foul shots. They surrender 28.1 dimes and 44.0 total rebounds per game, which is 25th and 16th in the league.

Who will win tonight’s NBA game against the spread?

Josh Schonwald’s Pick: Take Houston

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