Spurs at Rockets - 12/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (25-5) at Houston Rockets (15-15)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets +8 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, UPN2
The San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets square off Christmas night at the Toyota Center.
The San Antonio Spurs look to build on their impressive seven-game winning streak. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 102.4 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 88.8 points on 42 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 21.1 points and 7.4 rebounds while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 15.9 points and 8.8 rebounds. Tim Duncan is grabbing eight rebounds and Tony Parker is dishing five assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Spurs are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.1 turnovers per game. The San Antonio Spurs have won five of their last seven road games.
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The Houston Rockets look for a big home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.8 points and 6.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 13 points and 11.7 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Ty Lawson is dishing 4.2 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game. The Houston Rockets have won six straight home games.
The Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 37-16 ATS in their last 53 games overall. The Rockets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Spurs are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Spurs are the second best team in the league, as I mentioned in my power rankings. However, I see this Rockets team starting to come together and slowly looking like last year's playoff squad. This is the biggest dog Houston has been all year, and I think it's too many points. Spurs may win, but I'm taking the points with the home team.