Houston Rockets: 2020 NBA Restart Prediction and Picks
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The Houston Rockets currently sit at (40-24), as the Rockets have played quite well during the 2020 campaign. However, since the Rockets had won 6 in a row from February 11-29, Houston dropped 4 of their last 5 contests before the Coronavirus break. The Rockets have averaged just over 118 points per contest during the 2020 season. Let’s take a more in depth look at what the Houston Rockets have heading down the stretch, once play resumes.
Roster Breakdown: Everyone knows that James Harden and Russell Westbrook is what makes this team tick offensively, as Harden is averaging over 34 points per game, while Westbrook is totaling 27.5. The Rockets have just one player averaging a double-double per game, that player is Clint Capela. Capela is averaging 13.9 points, while pulling down 13.8 rebounds per game. One player that has helped Houston recently is Robert Covington. Covington was traded to the Rockets in the middle of the season, as he came over from Minnesota. Covington is averaging nearly 13 points per game. Covington has made 40 3-pointers in just 14 games with the Rockets this year. Houston has a well balanced offense, as the organization has 7 players averaging over 10 points per game.
Remaining Schedule: vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Toronto Raptors.
The only opponent on that schedule that the Rockets didn't record a win against is the Bucks.
Help or Hurt: I believe the break helped Houston, as the Rockets were scuffling once the virus breakout hit. Houston had lost 4 of their last 5 contests before the season was put on hold. The Rockets hold a 7-6 record against the remaining teams on their schedule. The Rockets will look to use their depth down the stretch, as Houston should be able to get a pretty solid seed.
Odds: The Houston Rockets are +700 to win the Western Conference Final and are +1300 to win the NBA title. With the Rockets having one of the more explosive offenses in the league, Houston should be able to have a solid chance for these odds to cash. The Rockets made some mid season trades that should only help their case once postseason play arrives. Not only did Covington joining Houston, but Jeff Green and DeMarre Carrol were also brought over to help the Rockets chances. Look for Houston to get on a roll once the season resumes.