Rockets Vs Spurs Odds To Win Western Conf. SemisJosh Bailey
James Harden and the third-seeded Houston Rockets will look to get the series upset over Kawhi Leonard and the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs in their Western Conference semifinal series starting on Monday night.
Better yet, both title contenders are offering their own value as legitimate pick to win their intriguing second round series and I’m going to tell you which one of these NBA championship hopefuls is offering the best value.
Rockets Vs Spurs Western Conference Semis Series Schedule:
Game 1, Monday, May 1: Rockets at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. ET
Game 2, Wednesday, May 3: Rockets at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. ET
Game 3, Friday, May 5: Spurs at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. ET
Game 4, Sunday, May 7: Spurs at Rockets, Time TBD
Game 5* Tuesday, May 9: Rockets at Spurs, Time TBD
Game 6* Thursday, May 11: Spurs at Rockets, Time TBD
Game 7* Sunday, May 14: Rockets at Spurs, Time TBD
The battle of Texas tips off Monday May 1st. Now let’s get to it.
Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs Western Conference Semifinals Odds
- San Antonio -280
- Houston +200
The Rockets (59-28 SU, 45-41-1 ATS) went 30-11 at home during the regular season and 25-16 on the road. Houston averages a stellar 115.3 points per game to rank second in scoring, but also gave up a whopping 109.6 points per game defensively to rank an uninspiring 26th in points allowed.
Houston has an MVP-caliber superstar in point guard Harden (29.1 ppg, 11.2 apg, 8.2 rpg) and a whopping five other player that averaged double figures in scoring in veterans, Eric Gordon, Lou Williams, Ryan Anderson, Trevor Ariza and young big man Clint Capela. Not only that, but veterans, Patrick Beverley, Nene and youngsters Montrezl Harrell and Troy Williams all averaged just over 9.0 points per contest.
The Spurs (65-23 SU, 45-41-2 ATS) went 31-10 at home during the regular season and an impressive 30-11 on the road. San Antonio ranked a respectable 14th in scoring (105.3 ppg) while also ranking a phenomenal second in points allowed (2nd).
San Antonio has its own MVP-caliber superstar in forward Kawhi Leonard (25.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.8 spg) and three other players that average double figures in scoring in LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol and Tony Parker.
The Spurs also have an excellent group or role players in Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, David Lee and Jonathan Simmons that all average between 6.2 and 9.5 points.
While the Spurs beat the Rockets three times in four meetings during the regular season, all four matchups were decided by six points or less with three of them being decided by an identical two points.
They Rockets beat the Spurs 101-99 on November 9 in their first meeting before the Spurs got some revenge, in their 106-100 win just three days later. San Antonio recorded a 102-100 victory when they met on December 20 and an 112-110 win on March 6. Nevertheless, I’m thinking the Spurs could be in trouble against Harden and the explosive Rockets.
The Spurs will have home court advantage and that could be the deciding factor against Houston, but I’m going to urge you to go against popular opinion and the series betting odds to back the Rockets for the upset.
Houston has an abundance of excellent shooters while San Antonio is getting the vast majority of its offensive production from Kawhi Leonard, first and foremost and aging point guard Tony Parker second. I have no idea what’s happened to LaMarcus Aldridge lately, but he certainly isn’t playing like the max contract franchise star he’s supposed to be.
Right now, I’m thinking Clint Capela, Montrezl Harrell and the rest of Houston’s big men stand just as good a chance of ‘punking’ Aldridge as Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph did in the first round.
In addition to that, I’m also banking on Houston’s Ryan Anderson to find his shooting stroke after averaging just 7.4 points per game in the first round after putting up 13.6 points per game during the regular season,
Sure, Houston’s defense leaves a lot to be desired, but the Rockets can score the ball better than any team in the league outside of Golden State and I believe it is that kind of scoring ability that will propel them to the series win past the Spurs in the second round as a value-packed +200 pick