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San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets Predictions, Picks and Preview – 2017 NBA Playoffs – Western Conference Semifinals Game Six

San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets Predictions, Picks and Preview – 2017 NBA Playoffs – Western Conference Semifinals Game Six


Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs Game 6 Preview

Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8:00 PM ET

Line: Houston Rockets (+7) vs. San Antonio Spurs (-7); total: 214.5view all NBA lines

TV Broadcast: ESPN

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Betting on the Houston Rockets

Point spread: +7

The Rockets live and die on their three-pointers and on Game 5, they tasted the bitter side of their trigger-happy ways, losing to San Antonio in overtime, 110-107.

Houston went 16-for-48 from deep. James Harden top scored for the Rockets with 33 points but may want to review his shot selection after going 4-for-15 from beyond the arc. Harden’s ball-handling must also improve, as he turned the ball over nine times, some occurring in overtime.

Also needing to recover is Eric Gordon, who finished Game 5 with 11 points, going just 1-for-6 from three-point land.

Houston had a short rotation in Game 5, as only seven Rockets saw action. Ryan Anderson had a nice game off the bench with 19 points but Lou Williams stunk with just six points on 3-for-10 shooting.

The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games.

Betting on the San Antonio Spurs

Point spread: -7

Live it to the 39-year-old Manu Ginobili to propel the Spurs to a win in Game 5.

In vintage Ginobili style, the former Sixth Man of the Year winner scored 12 points off the bench and had the game-saving block on Harden in overtime to help the Spurs preserve the victory that gave them a 3-2 series lead.

Apart from Ginobili’s heroics, the Spurs fed off their rebounding. They outrebounded Houston, 65-58. The dominance was clearer when isolating offensive boards with the Spurs collaring 18 against Houston’s nine. The absence of Nene Hilario for the Rockets has made life easier for LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 18 points and 14 rebounds in Game 5. Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 15 points.

Leonard, however, is in danger of missing Game 6 with an ankle injury. Leonard might force to play Thursday given the importance of the contest but should he miss it, the Spurs will be asking more from the likes of Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons. Mills had 20 points in Game 5, while Simmons had 12 off the bench. Simmons is likely going to be Harden’s primary defender in case Leonard fails to suit up in Game 6.

The Spurs are 4-2 ATS in their last six home games.

Writer’s Prediction

Houston (+7) wins, 114-108

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Written by Rex

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