James Harden of the Houston Rockets is not only one of the most dynamic and exciting players in the NBA, but a key online wagering asset as team captain. Harden has combined with head coach Mike D’Antoni to generate one of the NBA’s best offensive teams. The San Antonio Spurs are classic “old money” as a proven favorite and champion that has cracked the parity code to maintain consistent excellence on a yearly basis. The Spurs host the Rockets on Thursday.
Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs
Date and Time: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
Rockets -2 (-110) 209½ (-110)
Spurs +2 (-110) 209½ (-110)
Rockets vs. Spurs TV Coverage: TNT
The Houston Rockets have been a solid online wagering value in away games this year with a mark of 13-10 against the spread. The public is taking notice of the Rockets success on the hardwood however which may drive down betting value. In their last five games the Rockets are 4-1 straight up but a revealing 1-4 against the spread. The under has hit in eight out of the last nine games for Houston. In their most recent game the Rockets scored a 114-107 home win over the Orlando Magic as 13 point overlays. Offense is what fuels the Rockets success as the first place team in the Southwest Division. With an average of 114.1 points per game Houston ranks second best in the NBA. Scoring machine James Harden leads the team in scoring with 31.5 points per game. Harden burned the nets for 60 points in the win over Orlando to go with 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
The top ranking in the NBA for scoring defense belongs to the San Antonio Spurs. Head coach Gregg Popovich’s team is allowing just 97.5 points per game. Home court has brought strong betting value for the Spurs. Gamblers have lost just eight out of 26 games against the spread betting on the Spurs at the AT&T Center. San Antonio is coming off a 106-104 home win over the Nuggets as seven point overlays. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the Spurs in coring with 22.4 points per game. In the Southwest Division race San Antonio trails Houston by four games.
Team vs. Team
Overall the Rockets have paid out in three out of their last four games against the Spurs with three of those games also going over the total. James Harden and the Rockets have dominated this online sportsbook series at San Antonio as of late with four payouts in their last five games against the Spurs. This head to head series has gone over the total a whopping 10 out of its last 12 games at San Antonio.
Matchup to Watch
This online wagering matchup offers an intriguing contrast in styles. D’Antoni, Harden and the Rockets bring an exciting emphasis on offense that serves them perfectly. But the Spurs and head coach Gregg Popovich bring the best defense in the NBA. And as the saying goes, “defense wins championships.”
Rockets vs. Spurs NBA Games Betting Odds Picks
The dynamic offense of Houston cannot be ignored. They have also proven the ability to get the money at San Antonio.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Houston Rockets and over the total
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Rockets 111, Spurs 105
Highlights of James Harden lighting it up for 60 points against Orlando!