Week 13 Tune-In Tidbits: ESPN Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Get ready for Friday's ESPN doubleheader with five key stats to watch for each game. The action tips off at 8:00 ET with the Milwaukee Bucks (22-18) hosting the Golden State Warriors (33-9), who will be without Stephen Curry (ankle). That is followed by the Phoenix Suns (16-26) hosting the Houston Rockets (29-11), who are looking for their third straight win as they play without James Harden (hamstring), at 10:30 ET.
Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks, 8:00 ET, ESPN
- The Warriors own the best road record in the NBA (17-3) and are one of four teams that has more road wins than home wins this season (Miami, Portland, Philadelphia).
- The Warriors are averaging 118.0 points per game on the road. Not only is that six points better than any other team on the road (Houston second at 112.0), it is also more than any team scores at home (Houston leads at 117.8).
- How important is Giannis Antetokounmpo to the Bucks? To try to answer that question statistically, the Bucks are 16.1 points per 100 possessions worse when Giannis is on the bench (-11.2 net rating) compared to when he is on the court (+4.9 net rating).
- Golden State will not have Stephen Curry (ankle) on Friday. Their most used lineup without Curry - Jordan Bell, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Patrick McCaw and Klay Thompson - has a net rating of 5.5 in 52 minutes. Their most used lineup with Curry - which also features Durant, Green, Thompson and Zaza Pachulia - has a net rating of 19.7 in 248 minutes.
- The Warriors lead the NBA in 3-point percentage (39.0%) and will face a Bucks team that allows the third-highest 3-point percentage (38.3%).
Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns, 10:30 ET, ESPN
- In the five games since James Harden has been out (all of January), the Rockets are 3-2 with a plus-3.8 point differential. They are averaging 113.6 points - down slightly from their 115.2 points per game when Harden was healthy.
- The Rockets’ shot distribution has changed with Harden out of the lineup. The team is attempting 6.5 more field goals per game, 1.3 more 3-pointers and 5.9 fewer free throws. No player makes (9.1) or attempts (10.5) more free throws than Harden.
- Signed to the Rockets just two weeks ago, Gerald Green has made an instant impact in Harden’s absence. The veteran wing is averaging 21.0 points and shooting a blistering 49.1 percent from beyond the arc over the past five games. That is the highest percentage among high-volume 3-point shooters; there are 29 players that have attempted at least 30 trees over their last five games.
- The Suns are 4-3 since Devin Booker returned to the lineup on Dec. 26 after missing three weeks with a groin injury. Booker is averaging 18.9 points over the past seven games and is shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc. However, he is shooting just 38.4 percent on 2-point shots, which is down over 10 percent from his pre-injury shooting from inside the arc (49.0%).
- The Suns (781) and Rockets (749) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in points scored by the ball handler in pick and roll sets. The Rockets’ 48.8 effective field goal percentage on these plays ranks fifth in the league, while the Suns rank 25th with a 43.9 eFG%.