NBA Picks for Rockets vs. Spurs

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 1:41 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 1:41 PM UTC

The San Antonio Spurs will try to gain revenge from an earlier home loss against the Houston Rockets, as the two rivals meet on Christmas Day.

<p>Let’s take a closer look at <a target="_blank" title="Live NBA Odds" href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">the NBA betting odds for this Western Conference matchup</a> at the AT&amp;T Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.</p> <p><b>Alternating pattern</b></p> <p>Houston has alternated wins and losses over its last eight games, as it comes off a 111-104 setback to the Dallas Mavericks as four-point home favorites Monday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.</p> <p>The Rockets have played their last two games without leading scorer James Harden, who is listed as questionable with <a target="_blank" title="Current NBA Injuries" href="/nba-basketball/injuries/">an ankle injury</a> to return to the floor for this high-profile affair.</p> <p>NBA handicappers will find that the franchise has covered its last four games following a SU loss.</p> <p><b>Steady as ever</b></p> <p>San Antonio continues to pile up wins during the Tim Duncan era, as it improved to 22-6 on the season with a 112-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors Monday, while going OVER the betting total for a fifth consecutive affair.</p> <p>Duncan is averaging 13.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game—shooting 45.4 percent from the field.</p> <p>The Spurs are 10-3 SU at home this season, including a 5-2 mark versus conference foes.</p> <p><img style="font-size:1em" src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks-pictures/016831501.jpg" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" /><b>Life on the road </b></p> <p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/nba-basketball-handicapping/" title="Share your thoughts with fellow NBA bettors" target="_blank">NBA handicappers</a> will take a long look at the Rockets in this spot, considering they’ve won the last two meetings in this series, including a 112-106 victory as 6.5-point road underdogs on Nov. 30.</p> <p>Houston has split its first 14 games away from the Toyota Center during the 2013-14 campaign, including a 5-5 mark versus conference rivals.</p> <p><b>Plenty in reserve</b></p> <p>The Spurs are worthy home favorites in this matchup due to their bench—a group that entered its last game ranking second in the NBA in averaging 45.7 points per game.</p> <p>San Antonio’s reserves have tallied nine games with 50-or-more points, including a season-high 65-point performance on Nov. 25.</p> <p><b>Prediction</b></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers take a look at the revenge-minded <a target="_blank" title="Free NBA Picks &amp; Predictions" href="/nba-basketball/">Spurs in this affair for their NBA picks</a>, but only if Harden is unable to suit up for the Rockets.</p> <p>Houston is worth a look if its leading scorer lands in the starting lineup, as he’s averaged 31 points in his last three games in this series.</p>
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