San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets - 11/30/13
Houston Rockets (11-5) at San Antonio Spurs (13-2)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -6.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
James Harden and the Houston Rockets travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs tonight.
Maybe the Rockets don't really need James Harden because they seem to be winning whether he plays or not. After winning three straight without their bearded leader, the Rockets welcomed Harden back into the lineup and trounced the hapless Nets by 114-95 last night. In a game that was decided by the end of the first quarter, Chandler Parsons shot a perfect six of six from the arc to end the game with 21 points, while Harden has a pedestrian nine points and seven assists in limited minutes. Dwight Howard had a quiet night as well, ending with 12 points in just 17 minutes but that's because the Rockets were just shooting threes for fun, making 19 of 32 from distance.
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Meanwhile, the Spurs have been in amazing form all season as you can see from their 14-2 overall record. After getting their 11-game win streak snapped by the Thunder on Wednesday, the Spurs bounced back last night with a comfortable 109-91 win over the Magic. The game was closely contested until midway through the second quarter until the Spurs scored 17 consecutive points to put the game to bed. Tim Duncan had one of best games of the season, pouring in 19 points and nine rebounds in just 23 minutes, while Marco Belinelli added 19 points off the bench. Cory Joseph filled in at point guard and had himself 13 points as Tony Parker sat out with an ankle sprain that he suffered on Wednesday against the Thunder.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a win, while the Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overalla dn 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record.
No one should be surprised with how well the Spurs have been playing because they've been this good for so many years now. On the other hand, the Rockets have been looking really good lately and could have enough to trouble the Spurs who are still a perfect 7-0 at home so far. This is by no means a hot tip, but with Parker expected to sit out again, I can't go past taking the Rockets with the points in this one.