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Game Day Preview: Houston Rockets vs Spurs, Feb 27

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Jan 27, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while guarded by San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 27, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while guarded by San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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In their final meeting this season the Houston Rockets face the top ranked Southwest Division San Antonio Spurs with views of trying to steal another victory.

Let’s take a look at how the two teams match up:

The Details

Venue: Toyota Center, Houston Texas

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST – 7:00 PM CT

TV: ESPN National TV, ROOT and KENS HD

Radio: 790 AM and WOAI 1200AM

Recent History:

Walking Wounded:

Spurs:

  • Manu Ginobili– targeting mid March
  • Matt Bonner – calf, game time decision

Rockets:

Projected Starters:

Spurs: Tony Parker, Danny Green , Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, David West

Rockets: Patrick Beverley, James HardenCorey Brewer, Trevor Ariza, Dwight Howard,

Key Reserves:

Spurs: Patty Mills,  Boris DiawKyle Anderson

Rockets: Josh Smith Marcus ThorntonJason TerryTy Lawson

Spurs at Rockets
Spurs at Rockets

Keys to Winning:

  • Get off to a strong start: Don’t let the Spurs bury you early, therefore it’s important Houston keep San Antonio within range for the first quarter.
  • Take advantage of your few better ranked assets: Two areas the Rockets are obviously stronger than the Spurs is their ability to force turnovers (though the Spurs don’t cough the ball up much despite what happened in Golden State) for steals and offensive rebounding. The Rockets need to take advantage of these areas.
  • Win the paint: The Spurs post arguably the strongest (and wisest) front court in the Association, but if the Rockets are to compete they’ll need to take advantage of their youthful, versatile bigs including Howard, Smith, Ariza and Jones to offset the strength of San Antonio.
  • Win the rebound battle: As noted the Rockets hold an advantage on the offensive boards so they’ll need to utilize that to create second chance scoring opportunities and work to make their defensive rebounding as strong to create points in transition. Of note, the Spurs choose to not get offensive rebounds in favor or stopping the opposition in transition. Based on their league leading defense I wonder how many teams will follow shortly given the nature of the NBA to be a copy cat league.
  • Play it a possession at a time: As much as it’s unlikely the Rockets can win this game with all the factors against them they need to focus on their defense and literally take this one possession at a time.

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The Pick:

The odds makers have the Spurs favored by a 5.5 points and it’s hard to argue that spread given their record. The over – under is 213.0 points which feels a little high, but perhaps they expect the Spurs to not lock down defensively until the 4th. Majority action is heavily on the Spurs.

Prediction: Spurs by 10

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