Houston
Rockets
Stadium Toyota Center
53-29 Overall | WESTERN 4th
TEAM STATSPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Southwest Division113.9109.1
Schedule
Preseason
Thu  10/3
@
Los Angeles
1:00am
Tue  10/8
@
Toronto
6:00am
Thu  10/10
vs
Toronto
6:00am
Wed  10/16
vs
San Antonio
8:00pm
Fri  10/18
@
Miami
8:00pm
Regular season
Thu  10/24
vs
Milwaukee
TNT8:00pm
Sat  10/26
vs
New Orleans
8:00pm
Mon  10/28
vs
Oklahoma City
8:00pm
Wed  10/30
@
Washington
8:00pm
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

The Rockets would have been wise to get over their chemistry issues from last season and just try to win in '19-20 with the same core. But clearly the Harden-Paul relationship was broken. The Rockets had the best record when Paul was healthy for the past 2 seasons. To think that Russell Westbrook would be a better POINT GUARD is crazy. Their odds to win it all are 8/1, 11.1% (#4). Their 5.3% chance is #8 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. In simulations, they win the West 9.8% of the time and are not a good value at 5/1, 16.7%. The Rockets are averaging 49.8 wins per sim so we recommend betting them to come under 54.5 wins. At -2500 the Rockets are a good value to make the playoffs with a 96.7% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 1/4, 80%. They win the division in 69.9% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #4 in the West.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

They were expected to win 64% of their games last season so their 53-29 met expectations. They went 41-39-2 against the spread (-190 loss). More of their games came in under (42) than went over (37). They are favored in their upcoming game vs the Milwaukee Bucks. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

TEAM STATISTICAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

SHOOTING (STRENGTH): They are an elite shooting team with a true FG% of 58% (#2 in League). They average 113.9 pts per game vs an expected average (based on pre-game odds) of 113.3. On the road they average 111 (112.4 expected), and at home 116.8 ppg (114.2 expected).

DEFENSE (AVERAGE): They are an average defensive team allowing opponents to shoot 55.9 true FG% (#17 in League). They allow 109.1 pts per game vs an expected value of 108.9. They are allowing 108.6 (110.4 expected) on the road, and at home 109.7 ppg (107.4 expected).

REBOUNDING (WEAKNESS): They are outrebounded by opponents by 2.9 per game (#27 in league).

TURNOVERS (STRENGTH): Their average turnover margin is 1.7 per game (#6 in league).

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by James Harden who is projected to be the #1 Guard. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
30 Bennett, Anthony PF6-824503/14/19934Nevada-Las Vegas
15 Capela, Clint C6-1024005/18/19945No College
19 Chandler, Tyson C7-124010/02/198218No College
6 Clark, Gary PF6-822511/16/19941Cincinnati
3 Clemons, Chris PG5-918007/23/19970Campbell
21 Frazier, Michael SG6-420003/08/19941Florida
10 Gordon, Eric SG6-421512/25/198811Indiana
14 Green, Gerald SG6-720501/26/198612No College
13 Harden, James SG6-522008/26/198910Arizona State
55 Hartenstein, Isaiah PF7-024905/05/19981No College
4 House Jr., Danuel SF6-722006/07/19933Houston; Texas A&M
5 McDowell-White, William PG6-518504/13/19980No College
16 McLemore, Ben SG6-520102/11/19936Kansas
2 Ponds, Shamorie PG6-118006/29/19980St. John's (N.Y.)
25 Rivers, Austin PG6-420008/01/19927Duke
17 Tucker, P.J. SF6-624505/05/19858Texas
0 Westbrook, Russell G6-320011/12/198811UCLA