Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs - Thursday 02:40
Houston Rockets hold a 1-0 series lead over the San Antonio Spurs after a 126-99 victory at the AT&T Center on Monday. Houston produced arguably the performance of the postseason to date with that Game 1 victory in their Western Conference semifinals series and James Harden and co look primed to mount a real challenge this season.
Such was the manner of the victory, the home fans started to leave early in the fourth quarter and we should see a reaction from San Antonio in Game 2.
Prior to the Rockets’ victory earlier this week the Spurs had an excellent home record against Houston with seven wins in the previous eight meetings.
San Antonio also won the regular season series 3-1 but there wasn’t much to separate the two and across the four games the Spurs only outscored Houston by eight points in total.
Houston came through a tough first round match-up with Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 and seem to have upped their game for the playoffs. Harden has managed at least 20 points in all but one postseason game for the Rockets to date, while Clint Capela, Ryan Anderson, Nene and Trevor Ariza have all weighed in with important contributions.
Meanwhile, the Spurs are yet to really catch fire after making hard work of their opening assignment against Memphis Grizzlies, eventually prevailing 4-2 after being pegged back to 2-2. San Antonio allowed Houston 50 three-point attempts in Game 1, 22 of which landed, as somehow the Rockets made the best defensive team in the regular season look incredibly vulnerable.
The Point spread is set at +5.5 for Houston and that seems a safe bet given how close all the regular season games played out, but given the manner of the Rockets’ Game 1 win the braver call of an away win on the moneyline appeals in this match-up.
Going against the Spurs at home is always a tough call regardless of the opposition but at 9/4 the value is with Houston.