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Rockets Have yet to Lose with Paul in the Lineup

The Houston Rockets haven’t lost a game since Chris Paul returned from an injury and have rattled off 11 straight wins ahead of Friday’s matchup with the San Antonio Spurs.

MyBookie opened the Rockets as 7.5-point home favorites with a total of 213.

Shark Bites
  • The Spurs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as underdog.
  • The Rockets are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The favored team is 2-6 ATS in the last eight games in this matchup.

Kawhi Leonard sat out the first 27 games of the year while recovering from a quad injury but returned on Tuesday to score 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting over 16 minutes in his debut – a 95-89 setback to the Dallas Mavericks. Leonard was an MVP candidate and first-team all-defense while averaging a career-high 25.5 points and shooting 48.5 percent from the floor a year ago.

Paul took charge in a 108-96 triumph over Charlotte on Wednesday by scoring 31 points and 11 assists. The Rockets as a whole held the Hornets to 41.4 percent from the field, including 4-for-21 from three-point range. Paul is averaging 2.1 steals in his 12 games with the team.

This is the first time the teams have collided since San Antonio knocked off Houston in six games in the Western Conference semifinals last spring. OVER bettors are laughing all the way to the bank when these teams get together, as the OVER is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between the Spurs and Rockets.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Houston Rockets installed as 6.5-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The OVER/UNDER betting line for the total number of points scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 212.

OddsShark score prediction models pick a 113-97 result in favor of the Rockets today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Rockets are 22-4 so far on the NBA season, and 14-11-1 vs the spread betting line. The San Antonio Spurs, meanwhile, are 19-9 and 14-13-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Houston go 12-14 and the Spurs go 11-17 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs San Antonio injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Rockets and the No. 5-ranked Spurs, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Houston's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 114.77 PPG, against a San Antonio Spurs defense that ranks No. 1 at 97.54 PPG. The Rockets field-goal percentage has averaged 47% so far, more than the Spurs shooters have achieved on the year, 45.43% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Lamarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 95-89 against Dallas in NBA action at American Airlines Center.

Charlotte was victimized by Chris Paul for 31 points as the Rockets defeated the Hornets 108-96 in NBA action on Wednesday.

Betting Trends
  • San Antonio is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 7 games
  • San Antonio is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

San Antonio home to Dallas, Saturday, December 16
Houston home to Milwaukee, Saturday, December 16

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