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.


Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
New Orleans20-2020-19-1110.55110.80-0.258-10-112-923-1713-610-11
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Team Records

Portland Trail Blazers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 106-43-13-35-4-12-1-13-3106.70108.10-1.40
vs Div3-32-11-24-22-12-1102.33101.500.83
vs EAST11-83-48-410-8-12-4-18-4102.32103.05-0.73
vs WEST11-117-64-510-10-24-7-26-3104.45101.772.68

New Orleans Pelicans

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 105-52-23-34-61-33-3109.70108.101.60
vs Div2-41-11-33-31-12-2107.00108.33-1.33
vs EAST10-56-34-28-6-13-5-15-1112.67109.073.60
vs WEST10-154-66-912-135-57-8109.28111.84-2.56


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense103.4621110.8028
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense104.7614112.6330
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed45.62341.7414
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense110.554102.377
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense113.264102.865
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed41.262544.0021

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
New Orleans5-55-55-5105.8053.3042.0851.20110/3115.40

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Dec 2, 2017NOH123POR116-7.5NOH210.5ONOHNOHNOH605752.344.8484415/3111/3526
Oct 24, 2017NOH93POR103-5.5POR216UNOHPORPOR484739.537.542639/3010/2957
Apr 12, 2017NOH103POR100-6.5NOH202.5OPORPORPOR535344.448.242538/2413/30134
Mar 14, 2017POR77NOH100-4NOH214.5UNOHNOHPOR365030.347.5484911/326/21310
Nov 25, 2016NOH104POR119-4POR217ONOHPORNOH576647.447345213/2312/3237
Nov 18, 2016POR101NOH1130214.5UNOHPORPOR516437.554.9483712/349/2429
Mar 18, 2016POR117NOH1122POR220ONOHPORNOH675346.248.245349/2710/2147
Dec 23, 2015POR89NOH115-7.5NOH203.5ONOHPORNOH365334.748.258497/2813/3175
Dec 14, 2015NOH101POR105-3POR211UNOHPORPOR485043.943.241508/2513/3297
Oct 28, 2015NOH94POR112-2.5POR206.5UPORPORPOR437039.650395111/3312/3277

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Portland Trail Blazers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Jan 10, 2018HOU112-121L7217.5L/O48.1971.889A
Jan 9, 2018OKC117-106W8204.5W/O53.0980.7710A
Jan 7, 2018SAN111-110W-1196P/O52.1770.008H
Jan 5, 2018ATL110-89W-7208W/U53.7578.5713H
Jan 2, 2018CLE110-127L8.5216.5L/O46.6768.4213A

New Orleans Pelicans

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Jan 10, 2018MEM102-105L1210.5L/U44.1667.6511A
Jan 8, 2018DET112-109W-6211L/O56.1066.676H
Jan 6, 2018MIN98-116L1.5218L/U42.3192.866A
Jan 3, 2018UTA108-98W1212.5W/U50.00100.0014A
Dec 30, 2017NY103-105L-5.5216.5L/U45.2477.786H

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

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