San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets Game 4 Preview
Where: Toyota Center, Houston
When: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 7:00 PM ET
Line: San Antonio Spurs (+5.5) vs. Houston Rockets (-5.5); total: 212.0 – view all NBA lines
TV Broadcast: TNT
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Betting on the San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs barely felt the absence of Tony Parker (out for the season with a tendon injury) in Game 3, as they buried Houston in a convincing 103-92 victory.
Defense has been a key for the Spurs over the past two games, wherein San Antonio held the usually high-scoring Rockets below 100 points. Their defensive tenacity will have to continue because it becomes harder grounding the Rockets when James Harden and company get into rhythm.
Kawhi Leonard flexed his muscle anew in Game 3, pouring 26 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. He’s been delivering on both ends of the floor for the Spurs, who are now 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four trips to Houston.
LaMarcus Aldridge answering the call after a whack four-point outing in Game 1 is making a big different too for the team. Aldridge had his best game yet of the series in Friday’s win, dropping 26 points while also recording four blocks. Leonard’s and Aldridge’s terrific two-way plays are proving too much for the Rockets so far.
Betting on the Houston Rockets
James Harden did everything within his power in Game 3 but his 43 points weren’t enough to fuel the Rockets to a win.
Harden could have really used some help in that game but his key helpers had themselves a collective off night. Ryan Anderson, who had 14 and 18 points in Game 1 and 2, respectively, only had two points on Friday. Lou Williams, after scoring just four points in the previous contest, laid an egg in Game 3, going 0-for-4 from the field. Anderson and Williams play critical roles in covering for the Rockets’ scoring especially when Harden is taking a breather but when they’re firing blanks, it’s just makes easier for San Antonio to key on Harden defensively.
Houston’s bench in Game 3 generated just 10 points with 9 coming from Eric Gordon. The Rockets were second this postseason prior to Game 3 in bench scoring with 44.7 PPG.
The Rockets are 3-1 ATS in their last four road games.
Houston wins, 111-105.
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