The San Antonio Spurs will be in a playoff game without Tony Parker for the first time since the 2000-01 season when they take the floor for Game 3 of their series with the Houston Rockets on Friday. Parker, who has never missed a playoff game during his 16-year career with the Spurs, is out for the remainder of the postseason after rupturing his quad in Game 2. Parker was averaging 15.9 points while shooting 53 percent from the field during this postseason.
– Shark Bites
- The favored team is 11-4 SU in the last 15 games between the Spurs and Rockets.
- The total has gone OVER in the Spurs’ last 6 games.
- The Rockets are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games in the playoffs as home favorites.
Of course, the Spurs have a reliable contingency plan in Patty Mills. Mills is averaging 10.2 points while shooting 48.2 percent during the postseason and the Spurs posted a stellar +433 scoring margin with the backup on the floor during the regular season. The Parker injury will also likely result in an increase in minutes for Manu Ginobili and 20-year-old Dejounte Murray.
James Harden and the Rockets offense needs to get back on track after they were stifled offensively in Game 2. The Spurs limited the Rockets in transition, which was a big reason Harden was held to 13 points and shot a woeful 3-for-17 from the floor. However, The Beard has averaged 26 points, 11.5 assists and 7.3 rebounds in four contests following games he scored 13 points or less this season.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The visiting San Antonio Spurs betting line opened this morning as 4-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds – Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 216 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.
Odds – Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 113-106 win for the Rockets on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The San Antonio Spurs will try to spoil the party on Friday; they are 46-42-2 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Houston Rockets are 46-42-1 ATS. San Antonio is 52-38 vs the betting total points scored; Houston is 46-42-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs San Antonio injuries news.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Houston Rockets rated this week at No. 12 and the San Antonio Spurs sitting at No. 5.
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting San Antonio Spurs rank No. 13 in the league with 43.67 per game. That compares with Houston’s No. 9 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Houston is the NBA’s No. 1-ranked team at 14.18 per game, while the San Antonio Spurs rate No. 16 with 9.22 per contest.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio’s last 5 games
- San Antonio is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- San Antonio is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio’s last 5 games on the road
- Houston is 4-11-1 ATS in its last 16 games
- Houston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games
- Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
San Antonio at Houston, Sunday, May 7th