NBA Free Pick & Prediction Spurs vs. rockets 2024
San Antonio Spurs (33-11, 16-4 away) @ Houston Rockets (29-17, 18-7 home) 01/28- 8:00PM EST
Line: HOU -1.5
The San Antonio Spurs coming off a bad game loss at the hands of the Miami Heat will try to avoid losing consecutive games as they travel into Houston to take on a Rockets team that will try to avoid their third straight in an important Western Conference showdown on Tuesday night.
The Spurs (33-11) lead the second-place Rockets (29-17) in the Southwest Division by five games, but have dropped three of five while the Rockets suffered back-to-back losses in a home-and-home series matchup against the surging Memphis Grizzlies.
San Antonio was riding a six-game road winning streak before they ran into a buzz saw in Miami that saw them trail by as many as 29 points before losing 113-101 in their first rematch since Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green (hand) and Tiago Splitter (shoulder) are mainstays in the Spurs defense but injuries to these players are beginning to take their toll where they surrendered a season-worst 58.1 field goal percentage to the Miami Heat.
“Everybody has injuries. You have to deal with them during the season,” said Tony Parker. “Obviously, it’s hurting us but they’re going to come back. We just have to keep pushing and trying to get better.”
The Spurs, who own a league-best 16-4 mark away from home will look to take advantage of a Houston team in search of their offense after being swept in a home-and-home series to the Grizzlies that saw them shoot 38.8 percent including 23 of 66 from behind the arc in both games. The Rockets went into those games shooting a league-best 47.0 percent while averaging 109.0 points per game. They lost at home 88-87 and in Memphis 99-81.
“The last two games we’ve been terrible offensively,” said Chandler Parsons.
Rockets scoring leader James Harden who entered the series averaging 24.3 points per contest this season, totaled just 26 points in both games on 8 of 24 shooting should be able to get back on track scoring wise against the Spurs…. a team in which he is averaging 30.0 points per game over his last five contests against since joining the Rockets prior to the 2012-13 season. He’s also shooting 60.9 percent from behind the 3-point line.
Houston is 2-0 winning both games on the road (112-106 and 111-98) on the season versus the Spurs and oddsmakers like their chances again as they have made them a slim (minus -1.5) point favorite, but stay up-to-date on the latest spread for the game up until tipoff right here at Wonder Punter.
“It’s going to be a tough game,” Houston coach Kevin McHale said. “The first two games don’t make any difference. We’re a different team. They’re a different team. We’ve got to play really well. That team lost to Miami, they’re going to come in hungry.”
A tough game it is going to be, but I predict the trio of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili each having a great game to lead the Spurs to a big road win in Houston.
Prediction/Pick- San Antonio
By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter