NBA Betting Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets – Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021

The new-look Houston Rockets will be at the AT&T Center on Saturday to take on the San Antonio Spurs, losers of four in a row at home. The Spurs will also look to split the back-to-back games with Houston as they fell by two points to the Rockets at home Thursday.

MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of San Antonio -300, while Houston checks in at +240. The Spurs are favored by seven points, and the over/under is 217.5.

Houston Rockets Betting Preview: Develop Chemistry

The Houston Rockets come into play with a record of 4-6, 1.5 games behind Dallas in the Southwest Division. The Rockets traded away former MVP James Harden to the New Jersey Nets in a four-team deal that saw the Rockets acquire guards Victor Oladipo and Dante Exum and four first-round draft picks.

Oladipo has yet to join the team, but they carried on and won without him Thursday night 109-105 over San Antonio. Christian Wood had a monster game, scoring 27 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and blocking three shots.

Sterling Brown took Harden’s spot in the lineup and scored 23 points, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out seven assists. The difference in the game was three-point shooting. Houston made 13 of 33 attempts for 39%, while the Spurs struggled mightily from deep, connecting on just nine of 31 for 29%.

On the season, the Rockets’ leading scorer is now Wood, who is averaging a double-double and playing at an All-Star level. He is averaging 23.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

John Wall is back and contributing, averaging nearly 19 points and five assists per game. However, he is not expected to play Saturday due to a sore knee. The Rockets are also expected to be without Eric Gordon, who is suffering from a leg injury.

San Antonio Spurs Betting Preview: Be Better at Home

The San Antonio Spurs come into play with a record of 6-6, a half-game behind Dallas in the Southwest Division. The Spurs have lost four in a row at AT&T Center, something that will have to change if they want to make the playoffs.

In the loss to Houston Thursday, the Spurs’ success from behind the arc was less than stellar. LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills combined to go 2 for 13 from three-point range.

Keldon Johnson led the Spurs in the loss with 29 points and six rebounds. He shot 75% from the floor in a game where the team, as a whole, was not very good shooting the ball. Aldridge scored just 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting.

On the season, the Spurs are led by DeMar DeRozan, who is averaging 20.4 points and seven assists per game. Johnson is averaging 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, and point guard DeJounte Murray is averaging 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per contest.

Betting Lines and Predictions

MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of San Antonio -300, while Houston currently sits at +240. The Spurs are favored by seven points, and the over/under is 217.5.

The Spurs likely won’t shoot as poorly as they did Thursday night, and right now, they have more talent that is healthy than Houston, so it would be a good bet to take the Spurs in this one.

Spooky Express Free Pick: San Antonio -7

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