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(61-21) San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets (55-27)
Western Conference Round 2: Game 3
Date: Friday May 5th
Time: 9:30PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center – Houston, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Spurs -105, Rockets -110
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 214.5
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The Battle of Texas saw another blowout in Game 2, but this time it was the Houston Rockets on the receiving end of the beatdown. The series now heads to Houston tied 1-1, and the Rockets will host the San Antonio Spurs for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Spurs were impressive for three quarters in Game 2, leading for most of the game, but they blew it open in the 4th quarter. San Antonio won by a final score of 121-96, but they lost one of their key players to injury for the rest of the playoffs.
The Rockets seemed unable to miss during Game 1, but those same shots were not falling in Game 2. But they did come out of the first two games with one win and now have home court advantage.
San Antonio Spurs
Whereas the team was nearly unrecognizable in the first game of this series, the Spurs actually looked like the Spurs in Game 2.
Although San Antonio led through most of the game, it was a relatively close contest for the first three quarters. The Spurs led by only five after three, but they outscored the Rockets 33-13 in the 4th and the benches were emptied with just under four minutes remaining.
Kawhi Leonard was unstoppable again with 34 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals. LaMarcus Aldridge actually showed up for this game and contributed 15 points and eight rebounds.
But perhaps the biggest story of this game was Tony Parker going down with a season-ending knee injury. Parker had been contributing well with 18 points in this game, but he was carried off the court by teammates with 8:43 left in the 4th quarter.
It looked as though everything that went right for Houston in Game 1 was going wrong way in Game 2. After a record-breaking three-point shooting display in the first game, the Rockets shot only 11 of 34 from behind the line on Wednesday.
Houston shot just 44.6 percent from the field and were dominated on the boards 47-32. MVP candidate James Harden scored only 13 points, but he did have 10 assists and seven rebounds for the game.
Harden is averaging 28.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 8.4 assists in this postseason. Ryan Anderson led the team in scoring in Game 2 with 18 points on seven of nine from the field, including four of five three-pointers.
The Rockets rank 3rd in the postseason with 11.6 three-pointers made per game, and the role players should be expected to step more in the next two games at home.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Spurs are 4-0 ATS in last 4 games when opponent allows 100+ in previous game
- Spurs are 4-1 ATS in last 5 Friday games
- Rockets are 1-6 ATS in last 7 home games
- Rockets are 1-6 ATS in last 7 games against team with winning percentage over .600
Free Game 3 San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction:
The loss of Tony Parker will certainly have a big impact on this series, but the Spurs are the best team in the NBA in adapting to tough circumstances. The Rockets still have no answer for Kawhi Leonard, and it seems as though San Antonio has remembered how to play defense.
4* Free NBA Game 3 Betting Pick: Spurs +4.5
With that being said, I still believe Houston will get the win at home, but this will be a close one.
NBA Free Score Game 3 Prediction: San Antonio 107 – Houston 110
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