Spurs vs. Rockets Prediction
The San Antonio Spurs have won seven of their last 10 games but find themselves as a road dog Saturday night in Houston where they’ll take on the Rockets at 8:00 p.m. ET. With both teams cashing at the window, is there more value in the total than the side?
8:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, December 22, 2018
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Rockets are 5.5-point favorites to beat the Spurs. The total, meanwhile, sits at 215.5 points and as of this writing, 57% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Spurs to cover the point spread.
San Antonio Spurs Fantasy Spin
LaMarcus Aldridge made 4-of-10 from the field for 10 points with nine rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes during a 124-98 win on Friday. He didn't play in the fourth quarter with the Spurs extending their 71-87 lead to start the last frame. Aldridge only had a 22.2 usage rate for his lowest since Nov. 18. and his playing time is tied for his second lowest, as well. His playing time has slightly dropped, but it's because the Spurs have blown teams out in five of the last six. Hopefully, all this time off will help his durability later in the season.
Houston Rockets Fantasy Spin
An MRI revealed Chris Paul has a Grade 2 left hamstring strain and he will be re-evaluated in two weeks. ESPN reported that the Rockets are hopeful that CP3 misses 2-3 weeks, and the Houston Chronicle also reported Paul could only miss 2-4 weeks. A Grade 2 means there's slight damage to his muscle, and the Rockets certainly will take extra time to make sure he's OK given his history and age at 33. James Harden could be dropping a lot of 40-point monster lines while Eric Gordon gets ample opportunity to heat up after a slow start to the season. P.J. Tucker should also play huge minutes.
NBA Betting Trends
The Spurs are 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine games overall and are 5-0-1 against the number in their last six conference games.
The Rockets are 4-0-1 against the number in their last five home games and are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
The under has cashed in 11 of the previous 14 meetings between these two teams in Houston and is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall. The under is 5-2 in the Spurs’ last seven games, is 4-1 in their last five games played on Saturday and cashed in four of their last five games when facing an opponent with a winning record. On the other side, the under is 46-21 in the Rockets’ last 67 conference games and is 4-0 in their last four games when facing an opponent with a winning record.
Saturday NBA Prediction: Spurs/Rockets under 215.5