Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs
Wednesday, 12/25/13, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: San Antonio -6.5
Current Betting Line: San Antonio -7
Opening Total: 210
Current Total: 209.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Houston has alternated wins and losses over its last eight games, as it looks to bounce back from a 111-104 setback to the Dallas Mavericks as four-point home favorites Monday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Rockets are 7-7 SU on the road, including a 5-5 mark versus Western Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your pro basketball picks on Christmas Day. The franchise has scored 60 or more points in the paint in three of its last four games, with center Dwight Howard leading the charge with shooting guard James Harden being banged up. Houston is 6-12 SU and 10-8 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Rockets dropped seven consecutive road games against the Spurs until picking up a 112-106 victory as 6.5-point underdogs on Nov. 30, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro basketball odds page. Houston ranks second in the NBA in averaging 106.3 points per game, while it sits behind just two teams in tallying nine 50-rebound games during the 2013-14 campaign.
San Antonio is 3-1 SUATS in its last four games, with the OVER cashing in each of those opportunities. The Spurs have three probable starters averaging in double figures, with point guard Tony Parker leading the way at 18.1 points a contest on 51.1 percent shooting. The franchise is 10-3 SU at the AT&T Center this season, including a 5-2 mark versus conference rivals. San Antonio is 9-2 SU and 5-5-1 ATS when the betting total is 210 or higher since the 2011-12 season.
The Spurs are ninth in the league in averaging 103.0 points per game, which has played a big part in outscoring opponents by a 7.7-point margin. San Antonio’s reserves pace the league in averaging 46.0 points per game, while sitting behind five teams in pulling down 16.3 boards per game. Guard Marco Belinelli is a key player to watch on the perimeter, as he paces the NBA in shooting 51.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Sports bettors will likely back the Spurs due to the Rockets being 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games versus a team with a winning percentage of .600 or higher.
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