Friday NBA Preview

Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs

Game 6 – 10.00am (AEST), Friday, May 12 @ Houston

Likely Line-ups:

  • Rockets – Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon, Clint Capela, Patrick Beverley, James Harden
  • Spurs – Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Danny Green, Patty Mills

History: The Spurs have won 106 regular-season games to the Rockets’ 83, but the Rockets hold an 12-8 advantage in playoffs games. The Spurs won 3 regular-season games to the Rockets’ 1 this season. Their last playoffs series was in the 1995 Conference Finals, which Houston won 4-2. This Spurs lead this series 3-2 heading into Game 6.

Form: The Spurs went 61-21 during the regular season, finishing second in the Western Conference. They downed the Grizzlies 4-2 in a tougher-than-expected first-round series, dropping consecutive games in Memphis before closing it out with wins in Games 5 and 6. The third-placed Rockets went 55-27 in the regular season, and brushed the Thunder aside 4-1 in the first round. The Rockets routed the Spurs 126-99 in the San Antonio series opener, but the Spurs bounced back with a 121-96 win at home and a 103-92 victory in Houston. The Rockets levelled with a resounding 125-104 victory in Game 4 at home, but the Spurs took a vital 3-2 lead with a 110-107 OT victory in San Antonio.

Stats: The Spurs have won 12 of their last 16 against the Rockets, including 4 of the last 5 in Houston Eight of the Spurs’ 11 games in these playoffs have been decided by 7+. The Rockets have lost their last 6 games in which they’ve been held to less than 105 points; the Spurs have lost 7 of their last 8 games in which they’ve conceded more than 103 points. The Rockets went 30-11 at home in the regular season and are 4-1 so far in the playoffs; they have won 11 of their last 14 at Toyota Center. The Spurs went 30-11 on the road in the regular season and are 2-3 so far in the playoffs; they have won only 2 of their last 7 away from San Antonio.

Final Thoughts: The Texas rivals finally produced a tight contest in this seesawing series – and what a Game 5 it was. The Spurs got up 110-107 in an overtime nail-biter, with coach Gregg Popovich’s reshuffle coming up trumps. Veteran Aussie Patty Mills was superb as a starter, lessening the impact of Tony Parker’s absence, while the ageless Manu Ginobli was huge off the bench. The Rockets were thoroughly outplayed defensively and have to regroup ahead of this must-win clash. The big X-factor heading into Game 6 is Kawhi Leonard’s injury – he is listed as questionable, and even if he does take the court, it’s likely he’ll be at less than 100 percent. That gives the Rockets a huge leg-up in their bid to force the series to a decider.

Crow’s Tip: Houston Rockets -7 @ $1.88



Crow’s Tip

Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs

Over 213 @ $1.91

Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs

Houston Rockets 11+ @ $2.34

Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs

1st Half Point Spread – Rockets -4 @ $1.85


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