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How to Bet on the Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs Game

Written by on January 26, 2016

This Wednesday night, the San Antonio Spurs host the Houston Rockets. The Spurs are coming off a 120-90 trip to the woodshed at the hands of the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, and the Rockets are coming off their third straight win, a 112-111 thriller in New Orleans. Let’s take a look at the best betting pick for you with this matchup. For the national TV schedule, click here. To watch online, click here.

Why should you bet on the Rockets?

At the start of the season, the Rockets were in total disarray. They have two monster talents in James Harden and Dwight Howard, but Harden’s utter refusal to play defense led the Rockets toward the cellar in the West, and the team ended up firing Kevin McHale as their head coach as a result. Now that the Rockets are playing a little defense, though, they are moving up the standings. Their win over the Pelicans brought them three games over .500, just ½ game behind the Dallas Mavericks for the #6 seed in the West. What’s the key been on defense? It starts with Trevor Ariza. Against New Orleans, not only did he drop 31 points on the Pelicans, but he also shut down power forward Anthony Davis (until Davis left the game with a concussion), he also shut down the next guy off the bench, Ryan Anderson. In the press conference after the game, Harden said about Ariza, “He’s a monster, man. He don’t get credit for that, he gets overlooked for the defensive teams.” With a solid defense, the Rockets could be real trouble once again this year. Harden will always put up points in bunches; against New Orleans, he scored 35 points along with 8 assists and 11 boards. He was 10 for 10 from the free throw lane. When the Rockets are firing on all of these cylinders, they are tough to beat.

Why should you take the Spurs?

The Spurs will have to beef up their defensive line in order to tackle Houston. To be frank, I don’t think anyone would want to play the Spurs in this game. They went into Monday’s game against the Warriors thinking that they would make a statement with a win and join the conversations about being an elite team in the West, but they ended up getting run out of ORACLE Arena. The Spurs entered the fourth quarter down by 29 points, the largest deficit they had faced at that point in a game since February 21, 2012, when they lost by 40 to Portland. The biggest difference between those two games was that the Spurs didn’t even dress Tim Duncan, Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili as head coach Greg Popovich was using that game to give his starters some rest during a busy stretch of the season. Duncan did miss Monday night’s game with a sore knee, but the Spurs had the rest of their starters. The Spurs turned the ball over eight times just in the first quarter, and the rout was on. So when the Rockets come to town, you had better believe that the Spurs will be ready to make a statement and deliver a tanning of their own.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think that the Rockets will come out fighting hard, but it won’t be enough for a win. I like the Spurs to roll at home in this one, 110-91.