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Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings Predictions and Preview for 1/14/2022

Houston Rockets takes on Sacramento Kings on 1/14/2022 at 10:10PM.

The Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings face off in an important game for both teams. Houston Rockets has a record of 12-31 this regular season. Sacramento Kings is 17-27 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Houston Rockets Team Defense Preview




Their defensive efficiency is 115.3, there is a lot of work to do here. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are a below average team when it comes to their ability to force bad shots. They are not doing enough to stop opponents from scoring at the rim. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Houston Rockets Team Offense Preview




Their offensive efficiency is 106.8, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They play a pace that is considered faster than average, but this is not a team that is having a track meet.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .561 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .529, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .448 of their shots from three point range. They take three point shots more than many in the NBA. They made .344 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .711 of their shots from the charity stripe. This is a team that will keep opponents in the game when up with a late narrow lead.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.8% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

Sacramento Kings Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 113.5, there is a lot of work to do here. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Sometimes defenses are very focused on forcing bad shots and getting the defensive rebound. Is there anything to support this? It may be just possible that this is a passive defense.

Sacramento Kings Team Offense Preview


Their offensive efficiency is 109.1, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .552 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .518, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .379 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .346 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .762 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They have an abysmal offensive rebounding rate of 23.0% this season. Offensive rebounding is not their thing, it should be important. They are socially distancing on the offensive glass!

The Houston Rockets Roster

The Players to Watch for Houston Rockets

Christian Wood 6-10 214 C

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Jae’Sean Tate 6-4 230 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Eric Gordon 6-3 215 SG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Sacramento Kings Roster

The Players to Watch for Sacramento Kings

Tyrese Haliburton 6-5 185 SG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

De’Aaron Fox 6-3 185 PG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Harrison Barnes 6-8 225 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. Getting to the Free Throw Line is an important part of his game. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Houston Rockets 114 Sacramento Kings 121

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