Houston Rockets 2020 Season Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on March 20, 2020 in

The Houston Rockets were set up for the postseason. The Rockets, while 6th in the Western Conference, but just 2.5 games behind the Nuggets for the third seed. The Rockets were 18-14 on the road, so they were not scared to have to start away from Houston in the postseason. Houston was 40-24 overall.  But, the Coronavirus put the 2019-2020 NBA season on hold, with no return date in sight. While we await the season to get started up again, let’s take a look at the Houston Rockets 2020 Season Analysis and NBA Odds.

Houston Rockets 2020 Season Analysis

Houston’s Offense is Elite

Make one thing clear – the Houston Rockets were an incredible offensive team. The Rockets scored more than 118 points per game, and if they could – they would go for 120-130. The Rockets had to win games with their offense. Houston still though, only ranked 4th in pace with 103.1 per game. The Rockets made the most three’s in the league with more than 15 per game, while ranking 23rd in the league in three point percentage. Houston did not share the ball real well, as they ranked 29th out of 30 teams in the league in assists with 21.5.

James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Two names you have heard of, and continue to hear from when it comes to elite scorers. Harden led the NBA with nearly 35 points per game, while Westbrook added nearly 28 per game. Westbrook’s other numbers were not as strong this season as they were in Oklahoma City, but his 8 rebounds and 7 assists certainly did the job. The addition of Robert Covington to the mix certainly helped the offensive crew.

Rockets Don’t Wear Defensive Shoes

Mike D’Antoni and his Rockets made it pretty clear at the NBA Trade Deadline, that they were not super interested in winning games with defense when they traded their inside enforcer in Clint Capela. If the Rockets are going to win games on the defensive side, it will have to be via the steal. Houston does not have a shot blocker inside to take care of penetration in the lane. The Rockets are allowing teams to score more than 114 points per game.

Houston Rockets 2020 Betting Odds

The Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers certainly were the two teams to beat in the Western Conference this season. But, if those two teams did not get the job done, most expected the Houston Rockets to bet the next best chance. The Rockets came into the new week of action at +700 to win the Western Conference. That’s just ahead of Denver and quite a bit ahead of Utah and Dallas. Houston had the fourth best odds to win the NBA Finals; tied with the Boston Celtics at +1500.

The Rockets were looking forward to the final month of the season to beef their record. The only team on the schedule in April that had a better record than them was the Toronto Raptors. In fact, just three playoff teams remained in April with the Raptors and Grizzlies at home, and a trip to Dallas remaining.