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Suns Host Rockets on Friday Night

Phoenix Suns

Harden Will Miss Suns Game

The fans at Smoothie King Center will see the Portland Trail Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans when they take their seats on Friday. This game is the nightcap on ESPN and will tip-off 10:30 pm EST.

Oddsmakers have the Rockets listed as 7-point favorites. The total is at 229.

Houston guards Chris Paul, Eric Gordon and Gerald Green have stepped up big time in the five games that James Harden has missed. Harden has a Grade 2 left hamstring strain.

Paul has acted as the leader they want him to be in the last four games. He has had games of 37, 28 and 24 points while chipping 42 assists and 29 rebounds. Paul has two double-doubles in that stretch. He was one assist short of a double-double in the other two.

Gordon has a pair of 30-point games with 14 3-pointers as well since Harden went down. He was an assist short of a double-double in a victory at Chicago on Monday. Gordon is averaging 23.2 points a game while starting in place of Harden.

Green signed a one-year deal with the Rockets two weeks ago. He is averaging 21 points in the last five games. He has made 26 3-pointers.

The Rockets have made at least 10 threes in 36 straight games, a continuing league record.

Harden is averaging 32.3 points and 9.1 assists per game. He is expected to miss several more games.

Harden will not be the only Rockets player out Friday. Nene is expected to miss his fifth straight game with a knee problem. Center Tarik Black is out with a right eye abrasion suffered against Portland.

Suns Playing Well Since Booker Returned

 

The Suns have been on a bit of a roll since their top scorer, Devin Booker, has returned. They have won four of their last seven.

The Suns will be well-rested. They have not played since beating Oklahoma City 114-100 on Sunday.

Booker had 26 points and TJ Warren had 23 against the Thunder. The Suns received well needed support from reserve forwards Dragan Bender and rookie Josh Jackson.

Bender set career highs with 20 points, six 3-pointers in 39 minutes. He played most of the game in place of starting forward Marquese Chriss, who suffered a right hip strain in the second quarter. Chriss has been ruled out for Friday’s game.

Jackson recorded his first career double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He also had a season-high three 3-pointers. He is averaging 14 points, 5.7 rebounds and three assists since being benched against Atlanta the week before.

The Suns made a season-high 17 3-pointers against Oklahoma City. They only committed nine turnovers.

Booker made 5 of 10 shots from downtown against Oklahoma City. He is averaging 26.9 points and 3.3 threes in seven games since returning from a left adductor strain injury.

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Portland 22-19 20-18-3 103.46 102.37 1.09 6-11-3 14-7 15-26 6-14 9-12
New Orleans 20-20 20-19-1 110.55 110.80 -0.25 8-10-1 12-9 23-17 13-6 10-11
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
POR 18.83 13.85 1.36
NOH 26.33 15.35 1.72
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
POR 9.76 34.90 44.66
NOH 8.02 34.35 42.37
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
POR 45.05 44.71 0.34
NOH 48.99 46.41 2.58
Team Records

Portland Trail Blazers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 22-19 10-10 12-9 20-18-3 6-11-3 14-7 103.46 102.37 1.09
Last 10 6-4 3-1 3-3 5-4-1 2-1-1 3-3 106.70 108.10 -1.40
vs Div 3-3 2-1 1-2 4-2 2-1 2-1 102.33 101.50 0.83
vs EAST 11-8 3-4 8-4 10-8-1 2-4-1 8-4 102.32 103.05 -0.73
vs WEST 11-11 7-6 4-5 10-10-2 4-7-2 6-3 104.45 101.77 2.68

New Orleans Pelicans

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 20-20 10-9 10-11 20-19-1 8-10-1 12-9 110.55 110.80 -0.25
Last 10 5-5 2-2 3-3 4-6 1-3 3-3 109.70 108.10 1.60
vs Div 2-4 1-1 1-3 3-3 1-1 2-2 107.00 108.33 -1.33
vs EAST 10-5 6-3 4-2 8-6-1 3-5-1 5-1 112.67 109.07 3.60
vs WEST 10-15 4-6 6-9 12-13 5-5 7-8 109.28 111.84 -2.56

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 103.46 21 110.80 28
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 104.76 14 112.63 30
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 45.62 3 41.74 14
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 110.55 4 102.37 7
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 113.26 4 102.86 5
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 41.26 25 44.00 21

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Portland 5-5 5-5 5-5 103.90 52.90 46.57 41.50 102/263 7.00
New Orleans 5-5 5-5 5-5 105.80 53.30 42.08 51.20 110/311 5.40

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Dec 2, 2017 NOH 123 POR 116 -7.5 NOH 210.5 O NOH NOH NOH 60 57 52.3 44.8 48 44 15/31 11/35 2 6
Oct 24, 2017 NOH 93 POR 103 -5.5 POR 216 U NOH POR POR 48 47 39.5 37.5 42 63 9/30 10/29 5 7
Apr 12, 2017 NOH 103 POR 100 -6.5 NOH 202.5 O POR POR POR 53 53 44.4 48.2 42 53 8/24 13/30 13 4
Mar 14, 2017 POR 77 NOH 100 -4 NOH 214.5 U NOH NOH POR 36 50 30.3 47.5 48 49 11/32 6/21 3 10
Nov 25, 2016 NOH 104 POR 119 -4 POR 217 O NOH POR NOH 57 66 47.4 47 34 52 13/23 12/32 3 7
Nov 18, 2016 POR 101 NOH 113 0 214.5 U NOH POR POR 51 64 37.5 54.9 48 37 12/34 9/24 2 9
Mar 18, 2016 POR 117 NOH 112 2 POR 220 O NOH POR NOH 67 53 46.2 48.2 45 34 9/27 10/21 4 7
Dec 23, 2015 POR 89 NOH 115 -7.5 NOH 203.5 O NOH POR NOH 36 53 34.7 48.2 58 49 7/28 13/31 7 5
Dec 14, 2015 NOH 101 POR 105 -3 POR 211 U NOH POR POR 48 50 43.9 43.2 41 50 8/25 13/32 9 7
Oct 28, 2015 NOH 94 POR 112 -2.5 POR 206.5 U POR POR POR 43 70 39.6 50 39 51 11/33 12/32 7 7

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Portland Trail Blazers

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Jan 10, 2018 HOU 112-121 L 7 217.5 L/O 48.19 71.88 9 A
Jan 9, 2018 OKC 117-106 W 8 204.5 W/O 53.09 80.77 10 A
Jan 7, 2018 SAN 111-110 W -1 196 P/O 52.17 70.00 8 H
Jan 5, 2018 ATL 110-89 W -7 208 W/U 53.75 78.57 13 H
Jan 2, 2018 CLE 110-127 L 8.5 216.5 L/O 46.67 68.42 13 A

New Orleans Pelicans

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Jan 10, 2018 MEM 102-105 L 1 210.5 L/U 44.16 67.65 11 A
Jan 8, 2018 DET 112-109 W -6 211 L/O 56.10 66.67 6 H
Jan 6, 2018 MIN 98-116 L 1.5 218 L/U 42.31 92.86 6 A
Jan 3, 2018 UTA 108-98 W 1 212.5 W/U 50.00 100.00 14 A
Dec 30, 2017 NY 103-105 L -5.5 216.5 L/U 45.24 77.78 6 H

Next up:
Portland at Minnesota Sunday, January 14
New Orleans at New York Sunday, January 14

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