An all-Western Conference battle occurs on Thursday as the Houston Rockets visit the San Antonio Spurs in Texas. We’ve analyzed all the NBA news and a Rockets vs Spurs betting prediction for the NBA bettors out there.
Controversy has surrounded Houston from the get-go and it hasn’t been able to produce results on the court. Trade rumors surrounding James Harden have seemingly derailed the Rockets in the early stages of the season, but it’s not all doom and gloom.
San Antonio is going about its business, and bettors have enjoyed excellent NBA odds for the Spurs this season. The online sportsbook could have San Antonio as underdogs again when the game tips off at 8:30 pm ET.
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Houston, We Have A Problem
A 3-5 record isn’t what the Houston Rockets wanted following a rough off-season, and the rocketship hasn’t yet landed. Houston is struggling to produce consistency, and despite James Harden being at the forefront of the team, it’s not all his fault.
The All-Star guard is averaging 26 points per game, and although that’s down on his numbers this time last season, we can’t blame him for Houston’s lack of winning results.
The Rockets scored a 102-94 win over Sacramento before losing three of their next four games. Losses to Dallas, Indiana, and the Lakers have stalled their progress, but something needs to change.
John Wall’s unavailability isn’t helping the situation, and salt is being rubbed into the wounds as Bradley Beal is lighting it up in Washington. Without Wall, Houston is struggling to find a secondary shooter, so it could be a long season.
Doing What Pop Does Best
The meme of coach Gregg Popovich jumping into the air couldn’t be more perfect. It shows just how energetic the 71-year-old is about winning, and this Spurs roster has taken that on board.
We were concerned that the fire had been extinguished by the Spurs, but they have produced some incredible results after 10 NBA games. After enduring a 130-109 loss to Utah, the Spurs went on a three-game winning streak. During that streak, the San Antonio Spurs produced wins over the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Scoring wins over two of the best teams in the Western Conference is a credit to the Spurs’ mentality. We credit Gregg Popovich for instilling confidence in his team, which is headed by DeMar DeRozan. The former Raptor is averaging 21.2 PPG, and he does the little things that statisticians don’t record.
Who Is Playing For The Rockets vs. Spurs?
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Houston currently lists Mason Jones and Chris Clemons as out. John Wall, Eric Gordon, and Brodric Thomas are listed as day-to-day.
For San Antonio, DeMar DeRozan and Devin Vassell are day-to-day, but Derrick White, Drew Eubanks, and Quinndary Witherspoon are out.
Who Wins The Battle Of Texas?
We expect most of the money to come for James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Houston is a public team, so it attracts plenty of money on game night.
However, we can’t look past the value for San Antonio. It has done incredibly well, especially beating both Los Angeles teams in succession.
The Spurs can add more pain to Houston’s season, and if they can stop Harden from scoring above 30 points, San Antonio should get the job done.