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Rockets Primed to be the Best Underdog Bet of the Postseason

The Houston Rockets came out of the gate like a house on fire in Game 1 of their conference semifinal series with the San Antonio Spurs and will look to pad the series lead to 2-0 when the second contest gets underway at AT&T Center tonight. Sportsbooks opened the Rockets as 5.5-point road underdogs with a total of 215 for the tilt.

Shark Bites
  • The Rockets are 6-1 SU in their last seven games.
  • The Spurs are 18-5 SU in their last 23 games at home.
  • The Rockets are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games on the road against the Spurs.

James Harden and company absolutely steamrolled the playoff-tested Spurs to the tune of a 126-99 romp. The Rockets posted 22 3-point baskets while the Spurs shot just 36.9 percent in Game 1 and had no answers on the defensive end in a disappointing showing.

Harden contributed 20 points, 14 assists and four steals in the win while forward Trevor Ariza added 23 points and knocked down five trey balls after averaging just 6.2 points in the five-game first-round series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Houston shut down Kawhi Leonard, which is not an easy thing to do. The Spurs superstar shot just 5-for-14 from the field, while LaMarcus Aldridge collected just four points on 2-of-7 shooting.

In the wake of the win, the Rockets have now won six consecutive playoff games in San Antonio. The Spurs continue to be a great source of OVERs, as each of their past five games has gone above the closing total.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the San Antonio Spurs installed as -7.5-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 214.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 111-105 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.

Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The San Antonio Spurs are 65-24 so far on the NBA season, and 45-42-2 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, are 60-28 and 46-41-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen San Antonio go 51-38 and the Rockets go 45-42-1 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and San Antonio vs Houston injuries news.

The betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 12-rated Houston Rockets taking on the No. 5-rated San Antonio Spurs in this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Houston Rockets rank No. 7 in the league with 44.49 per game. That compares with San Antonio's No. 16 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where San Antonio is the NBA's No. 16-ranked team at 9.22 per game, while the Houston Rockets rate No. 1 with 14.22 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rockets blew out San Antonio on Monday, running up the score in a 126-99 win at AT&T Center.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 4-10-1 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games
  • San Antonio is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games at home
  • San Antonio is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Houston
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio's last 6 games when playing Houston

Next Betting Matchups

Houston home to San Antonio, Friday, May 5th