The 9-8 Houston Rockets will travel to face the 15-4 San Antonio Spurs in an NBA pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip off time from San Antonio is set for 8:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBA League Pass Channel.
The current NBA odds has the home team San Antonio Spurs favored by -9 points with an over under line of 211 ½ points. When the odds opened up a few hours back the Spurs opened as a -8 ½ point favorite and a total of 212 points. We have seen a ½ point move on the Spurs and a ½ point move on the under.
During the lockout shortened season the teams met four times with each team winning twice on their home court. Each club covered the spread once at home and once on the road. Trend: Houston Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their past six games.
The Rockets are just 2-5 straight up on the road this season. They recently enjoyed some home cooking playing five of their past six games at home with Houston winning all five games. On Tuesday they beat the Lakers 107-105 as a -1 point favorite. Bad news for Houston is they have lost four straight road games with their past three road defeats coming by double digits. The Rockets are 3rd in the league in scoring offense as they average nearly 104 points a game. But defensively the club is 29th in the NBA in points allowed at 102 points per game. James Harden leads the club with 23 points per game but only 41% shooting. Jeremy Lin has struggled from the field as the point guard makes just 38% of his shots.
The Spurs are 6-2 on their home court. They are a hot team right now with two straight wins and seven wins in their past eight games. They only loss during this span was in the game at Miami where Greg Popovich benched many of his starters for rest. On Wednesday they beat Milwaukee 110-99 as a -8 ½ point betting favorite. This Spurs team has been a scoring matching with 110 points or more in four of their past six games. They are fifth in scoring and field goal percentage in the league as they score 102 points and hits on 47% from the field. Tim Duncan leads the Spurs with 18 points a game. It seems like everyone plays on this Spurs roster as 14 players average 10 minutes or more per game this season. Even the 16th man on this team gets over 8 minutes a game. That’s how you can squeeze a bit more years out of Ginobili and Duncan’s playing career.