Houston (4-3) at San Antonio (5-2)
When: Wednesday, November 9th 2016
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Time: 9:35 ET | TV: ESPN
The Houston Rockets will play their seventh road game as part of their first eight when they visit the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Houston is coming off a 114-106 at Washington in which star James Harden continued his early season dominance. Harden had 32 points and 15 assists in Monday’s win over the Wizards to become the first player since Michael Jordan (1988-89 season) to post four consecutive outings of at least 30 points and 10 assists. Harden is averaging 31.6 points, 12.7 assists and 7.1 rebounds and scored at least 24 points in each game. Eric Gordon is the second leading scorer at 15.4 a game, but has struggled in the last two games averaging only 10 points on 7-of-21 shooting. Houston has lost six of the last seven meetings with San Antonio and have only covered the spread in two of those. The Rockets will finally get off the road for a bit with four of their next five at home after tonight.
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The Spurs went 40-1 at home last season, but have dropped their last two badly to Utah and the L.A. Clippers. They beat the Jazz 100-86 in-between those two home losses the night before getting trounced by the Clippers. Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard had a rare off-night with 14 points on 3-of-13 shooting, but had plenty of company when it came to sub-par performances against Los Angeles. The Spurs shot just 40.5% as a team and guard Patty Mills was just 1-for-7 and had a -25 plus/minus while on the court. San Antonio might have the starting backcourt of point guard Tony Parker and shooting guard Danny Green in the lineup together for the first time this season. Parker (knee) missed the past two games while Green hasn’t played at all after suffering a quadriceps injury last month but was a full participant in Monday’s practice. The Rockets will be home to the Pistons on Friday before going to Houston the next night.
Harden is carrying this team right now, but the road weary Rockets will have to go up against the rested Spurs. San Antonio is one of the best home teams in the league and I think they snap their skid in a big way tonight.
Pick: Spurs -7