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Spurs are in Rare Spot as Big Underdogs in Game 6

The Western Conference semifinal series between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs has been a roller-coaster from the very start, but the Spurs have an opportunity to settle things down and knock out the Rockets in Game 6 which gets underway on Thursday at Toyota Center. Sportsbooks opened the Rockets as 7-point home favorites with a total of 213.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Rockets are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games as favorite.
  • The visiting team is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games in this matchup.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Rockets' last 11 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.

All-star small forward Kawhi Leonard left Tuesday’s Game 5 due to an ankle injury but told reporters on Wednesday he would be in the starting lineup for tonight’s contest. Leonard collected 22 points and 15 rebounds in the 110-107 overtime win which gave the Spurs a 3-2 lead in the series.

James Harden is averaging 27.4 points and 10.2 assists for the third-seeded Rockets but was just 4-for-15 from 3-point range in Game 5, which lowered his shooting percentage to 32.1 from beyond the arc. With veteran big man Nene sidelined for the remainder of the playoffs, Houston used only seven players with 3-point specialist Ryan Anderson seeing some rare action in the paint.

Playing in Houston hasn’t been much of an issue for the Spurs, as Gregg Popovich and company are 3-1 SU at Toyota Center in 2016-17 after going 2-0 in the regular season and splitting the two games in the series thus far.

The OVER, which paid out in Game 5, continues to be a very reliable wager when these teams get together. In the last six meetings between the Western Conference heavyweights, the OVER is 5-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Houston Rockets opened as -6.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 215 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

A 116-104 result in favor of the Rockets is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. 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 San Antonio Spurs will try to spoil the party on Thursday; they are 47-44-2 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Houston Rockets are 48-43-1 ATS. San Antonio is 54-39 vs the betting total points scored; Houston is 48-43-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs San Antonio injuries news.

According to the betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 12-rated Houston Rockets and the No. 5-rated Spurs in this NBA basketball matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Houston's No. 2-ranked offense (114.87 PPG) against a San Antonio Spurs defense that ranks No. 2 at 98.61 PPG. The Houston Rockets have averaged 46.13% from the field per game, less than the San Antonio Spurs have managed so far this NBA season (46.92% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • San Antonio is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of San Antonio's last 9 games
  • San Antonio is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • San Antonio is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Houston is 6-12-1 ATS in its last 19 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

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