DeAndre Jordan’s defense has him in elite company.The 4-Point Play looks at four analytics-based storylines that will make you smarter when watching Wednesday’s game between the Houston Rockets (ninth in Basketball Power Index) and the Los Angeles Clippers (second in BPI). Our BPI gives the Clippers a 73 percent chance of winning (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN):
1. DeAndre Jordan is one of three players this season to average more than 1.5 blocks per 36 minutes, 25 percent or higher defensive rebounding percentage and fewer than 3.5 personal fouls per 36 minutes. Tim Duncan and Tyson Chandler are the other two, and Jordan leads the group with 2.5 blocks per 36 minutes and 31 percent defensive rebounding percentage.
2. With Blake Griffin out, the Clippers probably will take fewer midrange shots, which had become a major part of Griffin’s game. This aspect of his absence might help the Clippers’ offense. When they get fewer than their average of 19 percent of their points from midrange shots, they score 112 points per 100 possessions, but when they are above that, they score 108 points per 100 possessions.
3. Houston’s 10th-ranked offense is fueled by an analytics strategy that has the Rockets with the lowest percentage of their points from midrange shots (6 percent; next-closest are the Pistons at 11 percent). The Rockets haven’t had a game with more than 15 percent of their points from midrange.
4. James Harden is one of three NBA players who are scoring more than 25 points per 36 minutes, have an assist percentage above 30 percent and have a usage percentage above 25 percent. The other two are Russell Westbrook and LeBron James. Harden is the most efficient scorer of the group with a 61 true shooting percentage.