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#4827 Houston Rockets vs.
#4828 San Antonio Spurs
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:30pm EST
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Written by Philly Flash

We have an NBA Southwest Division matchup to consider for Thursday when the Houston Rockets meet the San Antonio Spurs for the first of their three scheduled first-half matchups. Houston enters this contest hoping to end a two-game losing streak while San Antonio finished a successful, five-game road trip with a 112-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Rockets Two Game Losing Streak

Houston is having a difficult time finding its way this season and is 3-6 and has lost four of its last five games. James Harden clearly doesn’t want to be a part of the team but leads the Rockets in scoring and assists while Christian Wood leads Houston in caroms. Dunks and Threes claim the Rockets have played the seventh most difficult schedule and it won’t get any easier facing the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. (note: this was written before the Harden-mega trade to the Nets in a four-team deal).

The Rockets fell to the Lakers on Tuesday night by a score of 117-110 and failed to cover a 4.5 point spread as home underdogs. Wood led the team with 18 points and ten caroms while Harden chipped in with 16 points alongside seven boards with six dimes in a losing cause.

Houston is eighteenth in the pace of play this season while scoring an average of 111.3 points and allows an average of 113.2 points per game. The Rockets are thirteenth in true shooting percentage and twenty-fifth this season in offensive rebounding percentage.

Spurs Successful Road Trip

San Antonio is red-hot and returning from a road-trip where they won four of five games. LaMarcus Aldridge was involved in all five of those games and if not for an eight-point loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves they would’ve gone 5-0 on the trip. DeMar DeRozan leads the team in scoring and assists but missed the last two games due to injury and his status for Thursday is unclear. Keldon Johnson leads the team in rebounds and steals this season.

Lonnie Walker IV led the way in Tuesday’s victory over the Thunder, scoring 24 points with three caroms and Johnson chipped in with 18 points alongside seven caroms. Aldridge finished with 13 points and ten boards and Dejounte Murray scored 16 points with a team-high seven dimes in the win over Oklahoma City!

The Spurs rank twelfth in the pace of play and score an average of 111.2 points while allowing an average of 112.1 points per contest. San Antonio is twenty-fourth in true shooting percentage and twenty-seventh in offensive rebound percentage this season.

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This game isn’t on the board yet but I suspect a close game and I will take the Rockets and the likely points that will come with them. San Antonio is playing great but they are coming off of a long road trip and it might take a day or two to get their legs underneath them.  I’m taking the Rockets in this one.

Prediction: Rockets +7

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I’m going with a low scoring affair simply because these two sides don’t play fast enough to get enough possessions to reach a high score. These are two teams in the bottom half in terms of defensive efficiency but this is a rivalry and a division game and I suspect these two defenses will show up. I will take the UNDER in this one.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.