The Houston Rockets are surging in the right direction, as they've won four of their last five games. On Tuesday, they travel to Memphis to face a Grizzlies team the Rockets have done well against, going 6-1 SU in their last seven meetings.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies chart a similar course. They won their last five games, though they have struggled at home this season, where they've gone 10-12.
Tuesday's game takes place at the FedEx Forum with tip-off slated for 8 p.m. EST.
The Rockets look to light it upHouston's offense has been outstanding on the road. They average 118 points per game on 45% shooting, and they've been efficient from the perimeter where they make 36% of their three-point shots.
Their offense matches up well to Memphis's defense that has struggled at home. The Grizzlies allow opponents to score 116 points per game on 46% shooting. They've also been less than stellar guarding the perimeter, as opponents make 37% of their three-point shots.
This figures to be another James Harden clinic. With Russell Westbrook missing the game due to rest, this gives Harden even more opportunities to shine. And he's been awesome against Memphis, as he averages 44 points per game and makes 43% of his three-point shots against the Grizzlies.
Can Memphis keep pace?The Grizzlies' offense has also been outstanding. On their home court, they're averaging 114 points per game on 47% shooting. And on Tuesday, they should have ample opportunities to score.
Houston's defense is far from perfect. The Rockets allow opponents to score 116 points per game on 47% shooting. Given the precision shooting the Grizzlies deliver on their home court, this match-up tilts to their favor.
One player who must come up big is Jaren Jackson Jr. He's been finding his groove in his last 10 games, as he averages 19.9 points per game on 54% shooting. Jackson has also been stellar from behind the three-point line, where he's making 47% of his shots.
Stats & Trends
- 6-1 SU in last 7 against Memphis
Trends found on Odds Shark.com Memphis is:
- 5-0 SU in last 5 games
This game will test two defenses that struggle with consistency. Memphis allows teams to make 46% of their shots and they're facing a Rockets team led by Harden, who averages 44 points and makes 43% of his three-point shots against the Grizzlies. Meanwhile, the Rockets' defense will also struggle, as they allow opponents to make 47% and Memphis, led in part by Jackson's hot shooting, make 47% of their shots. With these factors in mind, I look for this to be a shooting clinic, so I'm taking the Over in this one.