Spurs Solid Home Dogs Ready to Bite Rockets

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Swinging Johnson

Thursday, February 1, 2018 4:19 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 4:19 PM UTC

Two Western Conference powers battle Thursday on TNT (8 p.m. ET) as the Rockets begin a four-game road trip in San Antonio. Let’s check out the NBA odds and analyze this matchup.

Rockets (36-13, 23-25-1 ATS) at Spurs (34-19 SU, 27-22-4 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Spurs +2Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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  • San Antonio is 4-1 ATS in their last five after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • San Antonio is 8-0 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss.
  • San Antonio is 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5.
  • Houston is 0-4 ATS in their last four games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
  • Houston is 0-6 ATS in their last six road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Houston is 0-4 ATS in their last four after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

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The Rockets will go to battle without small forward Trevor Ariza, while superstar point guard Chris Paul and backup/sixth man Eric Gordon are both doubtful. Yet the NBA odds are still reflecting the visitors as small favorites against the 34-19 Spurs. In the only meeting between these clubs this season, the Rockets launched to a 124-109 victory in Houston back in December. You would have to dial back the time machine to May of last year to find their last meeting in San Antonio, a game in which the Spurs ousted Houston from the postseason courtesy of a 114-75 blowout.

Tonight we have the proverbial irresistible force meeting the immovable object as Houston comes into this game averaging 114.1 points per game (2nd), while the Spurs are tops in the league in team defense, allowing just 97.5 points per contest. As previously stated, the Rockets could very well be without Paul directing traffic in the backcourt and likely Gordon so the scoring burden will fall on the big shoulders of James Harden.

The Rockets' perennial All-Star was nothing short of immense in Tuesday night’s 114-107 win over Orlando in which he went 19-for-30 from the field to finish with 60 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and four steals -- the first 60-point triple-double in league history. But let’s not forget he played 46 minutes in that contest and the legs may not be so fresh for tonight’s matchup, particularly when you consider Harden has been dealing with a groin injury that sidelined him for six games in January.

It’s not very often that you get to back the Spurs as home dogs in your NBA picks, but tonight is such a night. Despite San Antonio’s resident superstar Kawhi Leonard occupying the trainer’s table for much of this season, the Spurs have done remarkably well in his absence with veteran big man LaMarcus Aldridge doing most of the heavy lifting. Let’s bet the home pup here.

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