Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/17/20

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/17/20 Photo by Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets

NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -5 -- Over/Under: 220 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets meet Thursday in NBA preseason action at the

The San Antonio Spurs look for a preseason win after dropping their first two games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 103 points on 40 percent shooting and allowing 116.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Patty Mills is averaging 16.5 points and 1.5 rebounds while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 13 points and 4.5 rebounds. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Devin Vassell is dishing 1.5 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 63.5 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 42.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game.

The Houston Rockets look for another win to finish the preseason with a 3-1 record. The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.3 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 41.1 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 16.3 points and 5.3 assists while Eric Gordon is averaging 12.3 points and 2.3 assists. James Harden is the third double-digit scorer and Ben McLemore is grabbing 1.3 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.3 rebounds per game.

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The Spurs are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Spurs are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The San Antonio Spurs have looked rough through two preseason games and they're a banged up, veteran team that probably doesn't treat these games as seriously as others. The Houston Rockets have had their moments and are always a dangerous team with Harden on the court. However, preseason games are pretty much coin flips no matter the teams, and I'm always hesitant to lay more than a bucket. I'll take my chances with the Spurs with that being said.

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Randy’s Pick San Antonio Spurs +5

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