Quite the contrast will be seen on the hardwood Monday night. Houston’s James Harden leads the NBA in scoring. As a result, the Rockets are one of the best offenses in the NBA. Countering that is San Antonio boasting an elite level defense. Ranked best in the Association it makes up for their inconsistent scoring. Offense vs. Defense always makes for great NBA Betting Online debates. Few matchups offer greater opposites than Southwest Division rivals Houston and San Antonio. Monday night in Houston these opposites will again attract.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets
Date and Time: Monday, March 12, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Spurs||+11½ (-110)||211½ (-110)|
|Trailblazers||-11½ (-110)||211½ (-110)|
Spurs vs. Rockets TV Coverage: ESPN
Defense is what has kept the Spurs in the Western Conference playoff race. San Antonio has been quite inconsistent vs. the spread this season. Offensive scoring depth has been an NBA betting online liability for them all year. Ranking 27th in the NBA for points per game is the mark of a pretender instead of contender. Worrisome is that only 1.5 games separate San Antonio from playoff elimination. Away from home they have covered only 16 of 34 games. Under the total has paid in 21 of their 34 road tilts.
First place in the West is between the Rockets and Golden State Warriors. Both teams trade the conference lead seemingly every day. Interestingly enough they also are the top two offenses in the game. With seven payouts in their last ten games Houston is in good form. However, they have just 12 payouts in 31 home games on the season. Just 14 of the Rockets 31 home games have gone under the number. Defensively they have showed moderate improvement to now rank 12th in the league.
Big names on Court
LaMarcus Aldridge has been the one scoring asset on the Spurs. Leading San Antonio with 22.4 points per game he is a six time All Star. Pau Gasol leads the Spurs with 8.4 rebounds per game. Ailing with a tender shoulder he has been out of the lineup recently. James Harden is averaging an NBA best 31 points per game. He also leads the Rockets with nine assists per outing. Houston’s Clint Capela has emerged as an asset with 11 rebounds per game.
Team vs. Team
Head to head the Rockets have the edge in this sportsbook series. Houston has paid in four of their last five with the Spurs. Over the total has cleared in three of the last five between these teams. At Toyota Center the Rockets got the cash in two of their last three vs. San Antonio. Only one of those three at Houston stayed under the number.
Matchup to Watch
When assessing this NBA betting online matchup, the last meeting at Houston is quite revealing. Scoring at will the Rockets overwhelmed the Spurs 124-109 on December 15. As eight-point chalks it was an easy payoff. Finally, Harden is the best player on the court. Nobody else can match his ability to impact and dominate a game.
Spurs vs. Rockets NBA games Betting Odds Picks
In conclusion the Spurs are half a team. Nobody takes them seriously because of their lack of scoring. Coach Mike D’Antoni’s Rockets are forming into a complete championship contender.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Houston Rockets
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Rockets 121, Spurs 101