The Battle of Texas resumes this Friday (8 PM ET, ESPN) when the Houston Rockets host the San Antonio Spurs in the fourth game of the NBA’s Christmas Day quintuple-header. The Spurs are the most profitable team in the league at 24-5 SU and 20-9 ATS, while the Rockets are back above .500 at 15-14 SU and 12-17 ATS.
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San Antonio is playing tremendous basketball in relative anonymity while the 26-1 Golden State Warriors are hogging the spotlight. The Spurs are by far the best defensive team in the NBA at 89.0 points allowed per game, and eleventh on offense at 102.2 points scored. Kawhi Leonard (+9.5 BPM) is playing like an MVP, while the traditional Big Three of Tim Duncan (+5.3 BPM), Tony Parker (+2.6 BPM) and Manu Ginobili (+4.8 BPM) continue to deliver positive results.
Houston has gotten back on track since demoting Ty Lawson (–6.3 BPM) from the starting lineup. With Patrick Beverley (–1.2 BPM) back at point guard, the Rockets have gone 10-4 SU and 9-5 ATS to vault into seventh place in the Western Conference. Both Texas teams are healthy going into Wednesday’s action, the final NBA games before the Christmas Eve break.
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