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(3-6) Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs (6-5)
Date: Thursday, January 14th, 2021
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Spurs -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 223
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James Harden finally got his wish and moves to the Brooklyn Nets so the Houston Rockets begin the next era in San Antonio versus the Spurs in the team’s first meeting of the 2020-21 campaign.
The Spurs own the all-time record winning 110 of 200 matches between the clubs. This past season the teams played four times with the Rockets winning two of the three contests.
Push came to shove following the Rockets’ loss to the Lakers as James Harden made it clear on and off the court he wasn’t committed to the Rockets.
On court he was a shadow of his capabilities and offcourt he panned “we’re not any good”. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back as he was told to stay home and shortly after the trade was completed. Harden was jettisoned to his preferred destination but there is much more to unpack.
The Rockets quickly moved to jettison Jarrett Allen to the Cavaliers and swap Caris LeVert to Indiana for Victor Oladipo who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
They also gain Dante Exum and Rodions Kurucs. But clearly, the big haul is the first-round unprotected picks and swaps. Specifically, 2022, 2024, and 2026 from Nets and 2022 from Bucks. Plus Houston can swap picks with Brooklyn in 2021, 2023, 2025, and 2027.
Eric Gordon (leg stiffness) and Brodric Thomas (ankle) who missed the last three games are questionable. John Wall (knee soreness) won’t play. Danuel House Jr. (back) is out indefinitely and Chris Clemons (Achilles) is lost for the season.
San Antonio Spurs
A highly successful 4-1 road trip for the Spurs included wins against both LA teams, the Wolves, and the Thunder. Despite missing star DeMar DeRozan San Antonio delivered and moved over .500 and onto the playoff ladder.
They reside on the eighth rung but are essentially in a three-way tie with the Warriors and Mavericks entering game action on Wednesday.
In the win versus the Thunder, the Spurs used balanced scoring with LaMarcus Aldridge delivering a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds while Lonnie Walker led the team in scoring with 24 points.
The vets and youngsters were equally effective with Keldon Johnson (18), Patty Mills (17), Dejounte Murray (13), and Rudy Gay (12) all reaching double-figure scoring.
Keita Bates-Diop (respiratory), DeRozan (personal), and Drew Eubanks (illness) are all questionable for Thursday. Derrick White (toe) is out until February and Quinndary Weatherspoon (knee) is out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Rockets are 1-4 in their last five games ATS
- San Antonio is 13-7 ATS in their last 20 games
- The total has been over in four of the Spurs last six games.
Free Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Prediction:
This game offers much to mull over in terms of who truly has the advantage. The Spurs will have to overcome the typical let down that comes from returning from a long road trip.
Meanwhile, the Rockets can finally play freely without having to navigate the Harden eggshells they were coping with. It’s unlikely Oladipo, or the other players would be eligible to play due to safety protocols.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Spurs ATS
Without Wall in the lineup even with the Spurs dealing with that first game back from a long road trip, I favor San Antonio.
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