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Rockets Set Sights on 11th Straight Win in Bout With Spurs

In the ultimate contrast of styles, we have the fundamental San Antonio Spurs traveling across the Lone Star State to take on the offensive juggernaut that is James Harden and the Houston Rockets. The road team has won and covered the spread in both the previous matchups between these Texas teams this season so picking a winner tonight will not be an enviable endeavor.

  • The Rockets are 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The Spurs are 20-1 SU in their last 21 games against their division.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of the Spurs' last 7 games with 1 day off between games.

Moving James Harden to point guard now looks like an absolutely genius move. The Rockets have seven more wins than they had at this point last season and are second only to the Warriors in team scoring per game. Mike D’Antoni has turned this team into a well-oiled cover machine that’s now won 10 straight games and covered the number in seven of those games.

The Spurs have been no slouches either and have gone an astounding 14-1 on the road. That one loss came in a 95-91 contest with the Bulls in Chicago after San Antonio had just one day of rest after a W in Minnesota.

The Spurs have won and covered four straight and their games have breached their set total in three of those matchups. The defense has struggled a little when the Spurs have been on short rest so things could get weird in H-Town tonight.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting San Antonio Spurs betting line opened this morning as 2.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 211.5 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 108-103 victory for the Rockets. 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 Tuesday; they are 14-12-1 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Houston Rockets are 19-9 ATS. San Antonio is 13-11 vs the betting total points scored; Houston is 13-12. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs San Antonio injuries news.

The Odds Shark betting Power Rankings have the Houston Rockets at No. 2 and the San Antonio Spurs at No. 7 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Houston's No. 2-ranked offense averaging 113.07 PPG, against a San Antonio Spurs defense that ranks No. 4 at 97.78 PPG. The Houston Rockets field goal percentage has averaged 46.77% so far, less than the San Antonio Spurs shooters have achieved on the year, 46.92% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The battle between the Spurs and Nets didn't turn out to be much of a battle at all as Brooklyn was handed a 130-101 defeat on Saturday at AT&T Center.

James Harden went off for 36 points and added 8 rebounds leading Houston to a 122-118 win over Brooklyn on Monday at Toyota Center.

Betting Trends
  • San Antonio is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • San Antonio is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games
  • San Antonio is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 14-5 ATS in its last 19 games
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
  • Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

San Antonio at Los Angeles, Thursday, December 22nd
Houston at Phoenix, Wednesday, December 21st