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The San Antonio Spurs already have two ATS wins over the Houston Rockets this season, and they'll be looking for a third on Friday night as those Southwest Division teams renew their rivalry.

San Antonio beat Houston 114-92 as an 8.5-point home favorite on December 7, and then topped them again by a score of 134-126 as a 7-point road favorite on December 10. The Spurs are 4-1 both SU and ATS over their past five games against the Rockets.

The Spurs bring a 22-8 record (18-11-1 ATS) to the battle against the 16-12 Rockets, who are 15-12-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen San Antonio go 16-14 so far and the Rockets go 15-13. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
For bettors going with the Spurs in this one, they were listed earlier as 8.5-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 213 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Spurs, currently No. 1 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Rockets, who rate No. 12 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 110-105 victory for the Spurs.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits San Antonio's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 104.9 PPG, against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 28 at 102.5 PPG. The Spurs field goal percentage has averaged 48% so far, more than the Rockets shooters have achieved on the year, 45.1% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Rockets own the league's No. 26-rated mark, allowing 103.8 points per game when playing on the road. San Antonio, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring on their home court.

Houston won its last outing, an 87-84 result against the Timberwolves on December 26. The Rockets covered in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 171 combined points took the game UNDER the total. James Harden poured in 30 points for Houston on Wednesday, as they defeated Minnesotan 87-84 at Target Center.

In their last action, San Antonio was a 100-80 winner at home against the Raptors. They covered the 14-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (180) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The battle between the Spurs and Raptors didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Toronto was handed a 100-80 defeat on Wednesday at AT&T Center.

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Oklahoma City are 3-7
After playing Minnesota are 3-7
After a win are 7-3

San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Dallas are 7-3
After playing Toronto are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Rockets at Spurs trends to consider:
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing San Antonio
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games at home
San Antonio is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston home to Oklahoma City, Saturday, December 29
San Antonio at Dallas, Sunday, December 30