Thursday, May 4, 2017
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The San Antonio Spurs travel to Toyota Center to play the Houston Rockets on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Game 6 of their Playoff series. The Spurs lead the series 3-2. The opening line for this matchup has Houston as 6.5 point favorites.
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The Spurs finished the regular season with an overall record of 61-21. They were 1st in the Southwest Division. They had a point differential of 7.2 as they averaged 105.3 points per game while giving up 98.1 per contest. The Rockets had a regular season record of 55-27. They finished the year 2nd in the Southwest Division. They averaged 115.3 points per game and surrendered 109.6, good for a point differential of 5.7.
Valuable San Antonio Spurs Betting Trends
The San Antonio Spurs are 42-39-1 against the spread
The San Antonio Spurs are 43-37-2 against the over/under
Important Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 42-39-1 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 41-40-1 against the over/under
Key San Antonio Spurs Injuries
05/09/17 F Kawhi Leonard Ankle left last game, is upgraded to probable Thursday vs. Houston
05/04/17 PG Tony Parker Quad out for season
Key Houston Rockets Injuries
05/08/17 F Nene Groin out for season
Lamarcus Aldridge comes into this contest averaging 17.3 points per game while playing 32.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Spurs. He pulls down 7.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage is currently at 81%. Kawhi Leonard averages 25.5 points per game in 33.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.5 assists per contest and 5.8 rebounds per game for San Antonio. His field goal percentage is 49% for the year while his free throw percentage is 88%.
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Ryan Anderson averages 13.6 points per game while playing 29.4 minutes per contest this year for the Rockets. He grabs 4.6 rebounds per game and has 0.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 86%. James Harden averages 29.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 36.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.1 rebounds per contest and 11.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
San Antonio averages 105.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 14th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 7.2 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 7th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 1st in the league. They average 43.9 rebounds per game and 23.8 assists per game which ranks them 11th and 8th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 13.4 per game. The Spurs allow 98.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 2nd in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 3rd and 6th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 41.5 rebounds a game which ranks 5th and they give up 21.4 assists per contest which puts them in 7th place in the league. They force 14.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 19th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Houston averages 115.3 points per game this year which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 5.77 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 12th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 15th in the NBA. They average 44.4 rebounds per game and 25.2 assists per contest which ranks them 9th and 4th respectively. In the turnover department the Rockets rank 6th with 15.1 per game. The Rockets allow 109.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 23rd and 3rd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 44.1 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 24.1 assists per contest which puts them in 26th place in the league. The Rockets force 15.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 26th in the NBA.
The Spurs have an offensive rating of 111.1 and a defensive rating of 103.5. In terms of pace they average 94.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 52%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 28% of their shots. San Antonio turns the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%.
The Rockets rating on offense is 114.7 and they have a defensive rating of 109. They get 100 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 55%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they attempt 3 pointers on 46% of their shot attempts. Houston turns the ball over on 13.3 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.2 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Who will win tonight's Spurs/Rockets NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Houston -6.5
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