Thaddeus Young,Alperen Sengun
San Antonio Spurs forward Thaddeus Young, left, grabs a rebound from Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun (28) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)


Kyle Barrette

It was a close first half, but then the offense was too strong and we cashed as the Timberwolves pulled away in the second half and covered the number. Today we’re heading to Texas, where two underperforming teams, the Spurs and the Rockets, are going to be facing off. Can the Spurs get a much-needed win under their belt? Or will the Rockets get revenge for the last time these two teams played? Let’s break it down and find out.

I grew up in the Parker, Duncan, and Ginobli days, so it’s a bit difficult to watch these Spurs sometimes. This is a decent young team with one of the best coaches to ever do it. Like many young teams, the defense has been the issue. Ranking 24th and allowing 111 points per game is a lot to overcome. Injuries have also played a big role in losing this team a good number of games. Hopefully, they will be getting back their star in the making, Dejounte Murray. His injury has greatly impacted their offense and been a major contributor to their 1-4 record over their last four games. There is a bit of a silver lining here, as the Spurs did beat this Rockets team by 30 points only a week and a half ago. Murray looks like he has a good chance to suit up for the one, and you still have to like it if he doesn’t, given how bad the Rockets have been.

Houston, we have a problem and it’s the whole team. The Rockets will play game one of a back-to-back and will look to get some revenge on the Spurs after they blew them out by 30. Not much has gone right for this Rockets team. They currently sit last in the league in defensive points allowed with 116 per game and sit 17th on the offensive side with 108. The Rockets’ pace, which comes in at first in the league, is likely why their offense is rated as high as it is since Houston is poorly rated in many other offensive categories. The Rockets’ quick pace can catch a few teams off guard and that has resulted in 15 wins so far, but against a team that plays similar to them, like the Spurs, it’s going to be more challenging to catch them off guard.

Spurs vs. Rockets the Pick: Spurs -4
If Murray plays, I think this line goes up. If not, you probably see it stay right at this point. The defense for the Rockets is too much of a liability to back them up. Take the Spurs -4.

Same Game Parlay:
Spurs -4.5, Dejounte Murray First Basket, Spurs to win by 1-10 Pts, Christian Wood to score 25+ Pts and Spurs team total over 120.5 points.

SGP Odds +14195

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