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Fireworks in Store When Leonard's Spurs Meet Harden's Rockets

The Houston Rockets made quick work of Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs and will go toe to toe against another superstar in Game 1 of their second-round series vs Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs. Sportsbooks opened the Spurs as 5.5-point home chalk with an OVER/UNDER of 213.

Shark Bites
  • The Rockets are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games as underdog.
  • The Spurs are 18-4 SU in their last 22 games at home.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Rockets' last six games on the road against the Spurs.

Leonard averaged 31.2 points on an extremely efficient 54.8 percent shooting, six rebounds and two steals in the Spurs’ six-game win over the Memphis Grizzlies. On the other side of the coin, Rockets guard James Harden averaged 33.2 points, seven assists and 6.4 rebounds in the five-game win over the Thunder. Harden put up 29.8 points, 11.8 assists and nine boards in four regular-season meetings with San Antonio, but the Spurs won three of those games.

The biggest difference in this series will likely be success with the 3-point shot. San Antonio, which led the NBA in 3-point percentage (39.1 percent) during the season, shot a sizzling 41 percent in the first round. Houston, which led the Association in 3-point attempts in the campaign (40.3 per game), shot 28.4 percent from downtown in the first round.

Houston has been having all kinds of trouble vs the Spurs of late, as the Rockets have gone 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven vs San Antonio.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Houston Rockets betting line opened this morning as 4.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 215.5 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 108-105 result in favor of the Spurs. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

San Antonio battles the Houston Rockets, currently with a 59-28 mark (45-41-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 50-38 for the San Antonio Spurs and 44-42-1 for the Houston Rockets. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and San Antonio vs Houston injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 5-rated San Antonio Spurs and the No. 12-ranked Houston Rockets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features San Antonio's No. 16-rated NBA squad against Houston's No. 8-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, San Antonio rates No. 16 in the league with 9.23 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 1 with 14.13 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

The Spurs got 29 points from Kawhi Leonard as San Antonio ran past Memphis 103-96 on Thursday at FedExForum.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 3-10-1 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Houston's last 15 games on the road
  • San Antonio is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • San Antonio is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of San Antonio's last 8 games
  • San Antonio is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at San Antonio, Wednesday, May 3rd

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