Free NBA Picks Today: Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets 12/2/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets 12/2/22
Fri 2nd December 2022

The Phoenix Suns (15-6, 12-1 Home), one of the NBA’s top scoring teams, play host to the Houston Rockets (5-16, 2-11 Away) on Friday. Houston was dismantled by the Denver Nuggets 120-100 at Ball Arena on Wednesday. Kevin Porter Jr. had a standout performance in the losing effort with 23 points and six rebounds. The Rockets are 15th in the Western Conference.

Phoenix won their sixth in a row in impressive fashion on Wednesday at Footprint Center, beating the Chicago Bulls 132-113. Devin Booker had 51 points and six assists, leading the team. The Suns are one game ahead of the Denver Nuggets atop the Western Conference, currently sitting in first.

The teams are meeting for the final time this season. After winning the only prior season game against Houston 124-109 at Footprint Center on October 30, their ninth straight head-to-head victory, Phoenix will be pursuing a season sweep. Booker led the Suns with 30 points and six assists.

Porter Jr. had 26 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in defeat. The Rockets have been led this season by Jalen Green and Porter Jr., who are averaging 21.3 and 19.0 points per game, respectively. Both are among the NBA’s top scorers, as Green is No. 1 and Porter Jr. is first. Porter Jr. also has dished 6.0 assists per game, most in the NBA.

Meanwhile, Alperen Sengun is grabbing 9.1 rebounds per game. Booker (29.0 ppg) has been the primary provider of the Suns’ offense. He is the No. 1 scorer in the league. Booker also has recorded 5.8 assists per game, most in the NBA. Deandre Ayton has posted 9.4 rebounds per game.

The Suns are one of the highest-scoring offenses in the league, ranking third with 115.8 points per game. The teams have split their last 10 games at Footprint Center (5-5). Phoenix has won seven in a row at home this season. In the last 10 games, Houston is 3-7 with an average margin of -5.9 (109.2-115.1). Phoenix has gone 7-3 over the last 10, scoring 117.8 points per game on average while holding opponents to 112.4 (+5.4 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Bruno Fernando: 6.7 | 10.6 | -3.9
Points per game:
Jabari Smith Jr.: 16.0 | 11.7 | +4.4
Assists per game:
Jalen Green: 5.6 | 4.0 | +1.6


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Deandre Ayton: 40.4 | 27.6 | +12.9
Jock Landale: 5.7 | 11.1 | -5.4
Points per game:
Deandre Ayton: 23.6 | 16.2 | +7.5
Rebounds per game:
Deandre Ayton: 14.8 | 9.4 | +5.5
Assists per game:
Cameron Payne: 7.2 | 5.2 | +2.0

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Phoenix Suns -11.5 (-115)

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