In this Southwestern duel, the best team of the division and of the whole league are facing the third-best team of the division and seventh-best of the West, when the Houston Rockets (52-14), who want to continue on the winning ways, are hosting the San Antonio Spurs (37-29), who want to return to the winning ways and secure the highest possible placement in the conference. San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-12-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -12
Rockets have a 52-14 record (35-30-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the West. They have won 18 of their last 19 matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Mavericks with a 105-82 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with a league-best 31.1 ppg, adding 5.1 rebounds and a team high 8.8 assists per game. He is followed by Chris Paul with 18.8 ppg, adding 5.5 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game, while Eric Gordon adds 18.7 ppg.
Spurs have a 37-29 record (33-31-2 against the spread) so far this season and are sitting on the 7th place of the West. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Thunder with a 94-104 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LaMarcus Aldridge with 22.2 ppg, adding a team high 8.3 rebounds per game, while Kawhi Leonard is out with an injury. Rudy Gay follows with 11.3 ppg and 5.1 rebounds, while Pau Gasol adds 10.7 ppg and a team high 8.4 rebounds per game.
Rockets have won both previous meetings against the Spurs earlier this season (by 15 points at home and by 11 on the road). The Rockets are 25-6 at home so far this season, while Spurs are 14-21 on the road. Rockets are better offensively, scoring a second-best 113.8 ppg to Spurs’ 102.3, while Spurs have the best defense in the league, allowing 99.6 ppg to Rockets’ 104.9. Rockets have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.36% to Spurs’ 45.89% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.64% to Spurs’ 35.49%. The Spurs on the other hand are better in rebounding, grabbing 44.2 to Rockets’ 43.3 and in assists made with 23 to Rockets’ 21.7. Rockets are the absolute favorite and have already won twice by double digits. Vegas odds give them a -12 spread and expect them to beat those odds today.
San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets -12 (-110)
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