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Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs - 12/22/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Antonio Spurs (18-15) at Houston Rockets (16-15)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Houston Rockets -6 -- Over/Under: 215.5
TV Channel
ATSW, KENS
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The San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets meet Saturday in NBA action at the Toyota Center.

The San Antonio Spurs look for another victory after winning seven of their last eight games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 111.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 47 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.3 points and 6.2 assists while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 18.9 points and 9.4 rebounds. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Bryn Forbes is dishing 2.2 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have lost four of their last six road games.

The Houston Rockets look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 109.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 31.8 points and 8.4 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 17 points and 11.8 rebounds. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.8 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won five straight home games.

The Spurs are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Rockets are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Spurs last 6 overall. The over is 6-2 in Rockets last 8 home games.

The San Antonio Spurs are on the end of a back to back and haven't ben as good on the road as they've been at home. All of the damage on this recent turnaround for the Spurs has come at home. However, the Houston Rockets continue to be a bit hit or miss and will be without CP3 for the next two to three weeks. The Rockets are only outscoring teams by 1.9 points at home this season and haven't played well enough to think they can survive the loss of one of their top players. The value is with the Spurs and the points, even if they haven't had much road success.

Pick:
San Antonio Spurs +6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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