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(55-27) Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs (61-21)
Western Conference Round 2: Game 5
Date: Tuesday May 9th
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: AT&T Center – San Antonio, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Rockets -110, Spurs -110
NBA Betting Odds: Spurs -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 215
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We’re all tied up at two games a piece in the Western Conference Semifinals matchup of the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs. The Rockets evened things up in Game 4 on Sunday, but now the series heads back to San Antonio this Tuesday for Game 5.
The Houston Rockets had their backs against the wall on Sunday, after losing two straight and going down 2-1 in the series. They evened the score with an impressive offensive display and took Game 4 by a final score of 125-104.
The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to bounce back as they head back home for Game 5.
The Spurs had gained momentum in the series by taking Games 2 and 3, but now everything is even and this becomes a best-of-three series.
When the Rockets are making shots, they are nearly unstoppable, and that was the case in Sunday’s Game 4 victory. Houston never trailed in the game and jumped out to a 12 point lead in the first quarter.
The Spurs pulled things closer in the second quarter, but Houston outscored them 68-51 in the second half to put the game away.
The one downside to Sunday’s game was the loss of Nene to a groin injury. The big man will miss the rest of the postseason, and the Rockets’ lack of size could be a very meaningful factor going forward in the series.
As is often the case, three-point shooting was the key to victory on Sunday. Houston hit 19 of 43 shots from three-point range and shot 52.6 overall from the field.
James Harden led the way with 28 points on 10 of 18 shooting, as well as dishing 12 assists in the win.
Eric Gordon was huge off the bench with 22 points including six of nine three-pointers.
San Antonio Spurs
Although the Spurs were able to mask their deficiencies well in Game 3, the loss of Tony Parker clearly affected them in Sunday’s loss.
The offense was clearly lacking its usual pace and ball movement, and this impacted every part of the game.
The Spurs shot a decent 49.4 percent from the field, but they only hit seven of 23 three-pointers and could not hope to keep up with the Rockets’ shooting barrage.
No Spur scored more than 20 points in the game, and “energy guy” off the bench Johnathon Simmons actually led the team with 17 points. Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 16 points, and neither was particularly impressive.
Patty Mills was the only other player in double-figures with 10 points.
The Spurs will definitely need more from Mills in Parker’s absence.
Mills is expected to get the start on Tuesday after an underwhelming performance from rookie Dejounte Murray (eight points and three assists in Game 4).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Rockets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following SU win of 10+ points
- Rockets are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following ATS win
- Spurs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing 100+ points in previous game
- Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games
Free Game 5 Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Prediction:
The loss of Nene for Houston will be huge, as San Antonio already had a big size advantage even before the injury. Inserting Patty Mills into the starting lineup should also provide a big boost to the Spurs’ offense.
4* Free NBA Game 5 Betting Pick: Spurs -5.5
Even though the series is tied, no game in this series has been close so far. The smallest margin of victory was the Spurs’ 11-point road win in Game 3. They should bounce back at home and take a 3-2 lead.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston 97 – San Antonio 106
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