Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets, last game before the playoffs. At least these two teams have their arrival tickets to the postseason. This game will not be “intense” but it will serve to see the work from the bench. Each team will use the best talent available on the bench to close out the regular season.
Phialdelphia 76ers: Goal exceeded.
The 76ers are in the playoffs. This is the third year in a row that Philly has made the playoffs. With these players, the team has had a new life. But still not enough for a title. The 76ers’ last major achievement was in 2001 with a division and conference title. The last big title for them was 1983. The 76ers have three NBA titles (1955, 1967, and 1983).
The team is scoring an average of 110.4 points per game, 40.99 FG points, 75.4% free throw shots, 11.53 three pointers, 25.74 assists, and 27.5 points per quarter. The defense allows up to 108.5 points per game, 39.86 FG points and 10.38 three pointers. 3-3 in the last six games of the regular season, after this game the 76ers play the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
Ben Simmons will miss the playoffs due to knee surgery. Embiid leads the team with 23.2 points, 47.7% FG points and 80.8% free throws. All players scoring between 10 and 19 are healthy, with the exception of Simmons. The leader of the bench is Korkmaz with 9.7 points per game.
Houston Rockets: Fate awaits us.
The Rockets have a good playoff record in the past five years. The team hasn’t missed the postseason since 2014-15. Last season the Rockets lost in the Conference Semifinals against the Warriors. This year is different, the Warriors are eliminated, and the Rockets are playing better than before. Prior to this game against the 76ers, the team lost to the Pacers 104-108.
For now the team is scoring an average of 118.1 points per game, 40.86 FG points, 79% free throw shots, 15.69 three pointers, 15.69 three pointers, 21.58 assists, and 29.4 points per quarter. The defense allows up to 114.6 points this season with 12.14 three pointers.
Russell Westbrook will not be present in the first week of the playoffs (resting). Meanwhile Harden continues to lead the Rockets with 34.4 points, 44.3% FG points and 35.4% three pointers. McLemore leads in points from the bench with 10.2 per game this season.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets 08/14/2020 is: take the OVER 230.5 (TOTALS).
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