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Rockets take hardwood against Spurs

The Houston Rockets have paid off on the NBA odds in each of their last three games against the San Antonio Spurs as those teams meet in a Texas matchup on Christmas.

Overall the Rockets are 5-5 SU and 6-4 ATS in their past 10 games against the Spurs, with Houston 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS in the last three games between the teams.

San Antonio will face the 18-11 Rockets, who own a 15-12-2 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Spurs are 18-10 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Rockets are 16-13 favoring the OVER.

View Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 4-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 209.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 5-rated Spurs and the No. 7-ranked Rockets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 102-98 result in favor of the Spurs.

Houston lost its last outing, a 111-104 result against the Mavericks on December 23. The Rockets failed to cover in that game as a 4-point favorite, while the 215 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Rockets got a 29-point performance from Dwight Howard, who added 15 rebounds, but Dallas still ran past Houston 111-104 on Monday at Toyota Center.

The Spurs were a 112-99 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Raptors. They covered the 11.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (211) made winners of OVER bettors. Toronto was scorched by Tony Parker for 26 points as the Spurs defated the Raptors 112-99 in NBA action on Monday.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features San Antonio's No. 18-rated squad against Houston's No. 6-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, San Antonio rates No. 10 in the league with 8.39 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 4 with 9.38 per outing.

A few Rockets at Spurs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Houston's last 13 games on the road
San Antonio is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
San Antonio is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games
San Antonio is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to Vancouver, Thursday, December 26th
San Antonio at Dallas, Thursday, December 26th