Week 8 Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

12/07/2017 at 06:12pm

Get ready for Thursday's TNT doubleheader with five key stats to watch for in each matchup. The action tips off with the Los Angeles Lakers (8-15) in Philadelphia looking to snap five-game skid and pick up just their third road win in 11 tries when they face the 76ers (13-10). In the nightcap, the Houston Rockets (18-4) go for their eighth straight win when they face the Utah Jazz (13-12), who are 11-4 at home.

Los Angeles Lakers (8-15) at Philadelphia 76ers (13-10), 8:00 ET, TNT

Houston Rockets (18-4) at Utah Jazz (13-12), 10:30 ET, TNT

  • The Rockets are the only team in the NBA to rank in the top five in both offensive (112.4 OffRtg, 2nd) and defensive (100.9 DefRtg, 5th) efficiency this season.
  • Both the Rockets and Jazz thrive on their opponents’ mistakes as both teams rank in the top four in points off turnovers per game. Utah ranks second at 19.8 points per game, while the Rockets are fourth at 19.5 per game.
  • Utah continues to work Rudy Gobert back into the mix after the center missed four weeks with a bone bruise in his right knee. In his first two games back, Gobert has played a total of 48 minutes and scored just nine points on 3-6 shooting, while grabbing 16 rebounds and blocking three shots.
  • The Rockets average 44.0 3-point attempts per game, which is 10.1 more attempts than the second-ranked Brooklyn Nets (33.9 3PA/gm). That gap between top two ranked teams is greater than the gap between second place and 27th place (Portland, 24.2).
  • Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell ranks second among rookies in scoring at 17.2 points per game, trailing only Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons (18.0). Over his last five games, Mitchell is averaging 26.6 points on 52.3 percent shooting from the field and 46.7 percent from beyond the arc.