There is a huge gulf that has developed over the course of the season in the Western Conference. The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, closely followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, have opened up a gap between themselves and the rest of the conference that clearly shows just who’s boss. The Spurs have a monster lead in their won division, and are currently 20 games ahead of the Houston Rockets, who they will face in Texas this coming Saturday. That may suggest that the Spurs will waltz out of Houston with an easy win on the weekend, but if San Antonio have an Achilles heel, it may well be their play on the road. This is a game that could well be closer than the standings would suggest, and it may well be one you could cash some pro hoops lines winning tickets on.
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Why bet on the San Antonio Spurs
I talk about the Spurs (49-9) having a weakness on the road this season simply because it is hard to find any other fault with them. The fact that they are 21-9 away from home this season tells you that this perceived weakness is actually not anything to be overly concerned about. What it does suggest is that if you are going to bet against them straight up, your best opportunity comes when they are traveling. This game will be the last in an 8-game road trip, and it has all gone very nicely for the Spurs so far, as they are 6-1 through the first 7 games. They have been a little less tight defensively through this stretch, although they did hold the Jazz to just 78 points in their last game. The Spurs are averaging 105.1 PPG, and are giving up 92.4 PPG.
Why bet on the Houston Rockets
I am finding it increasingly difficult to pinpoint what the Houston Rockets (29-29) might do on any given night. It must be infuriating for the fans of this team, as Houston goes from looking like the worst team in the league one night to playing like world beaters the next. They actually looked like both of those in their last game versus the Portland Trail Blazers. The Rockets were outplayed for large portions of that game, yet came on late to come away with a crucial 119-105 win. The Rockets are one of the few teams that have beaten the Spurs this season, but they have lost the last 2 meetings against San Antonio. Houston are averaging 105.6 PPG, and are giving up 106.8 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Houston may have won their first meeting of the season versus the Spurs, but the last two were pretty ugly losses. The Spurs won those two by an average of 24.5 PPG, and while I don’t think this one will hit blowout proportions, I still think it will be a win for San Antonio.
San Antonio Spurs 109 Houston Rockets 97