Houston Rockets (4-6) at San Antonio Spurs (6-4)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs +1.5 -- Over/Under: 210 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Rockets pay a visit to the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
The Houston Rockets are still lurking under .500 with four wins in their first 10 games and but they did hit a bit of form with three straight wins before falling to the Thunder in a 98-80 road loss on Thursday. James Harden shot just seven of 19 to finish with 19 points and five assists, Clint Capela added 17 points while Chris Paul chipped in with just 10 points on four of 11 shooting. Defense has been the problem for the Rockets all season but this time it was their offense as they shot just 37 percent from the field and 11 of 42 from the three-point line. The Rockets also received next to nothing from their second unit and Carmelo Anthony was especially disappointing as he finished with just two points on one of 11 shooting in his first game against his former team.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have won six of their first 10 games but they will be aiming to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Heat in a 95-88 road loss on Wednesday. Patty Mills led the team in scoring with 20 points off the bench, DeMar DeRozan added 18 points with 14 rebounds and eight assists while David Bertans chiped in with 19 points. As a team, the Spurs shot a miserable 33 percent from the field and 13 of 32 from the three-point line but in a game that was closely contested throughout, they could’ve done with more production from LaMarcus Aldridge who finished with just six points on two of 14 shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 0-5 ATS in their last five against the Western Conference, 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Spurs are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings, the Rockets are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in San Antonio.
The Rockets have been much better on the defensive end over the past four games but they laid an egg on offense against the Thunder so I expect them to bounce back on Saturday, especially against the shorthanded backcourt of the Spurs who are forced to rely heavily on DeRozan. However, the Rockets are playing their fifth straight road game and are up against a Spurs team who will be looking to come out strong after coach Gregg Popovich called them soft following their loss to the Heat. You could make an argument for either side, but the Spurs have won three straight at home and I think they get their fourth here.