The San Antonio Spurs will demeanour to take a 3-2 array lead opposite a Houston Rockets as plain home favorites for Game 5 on Tuesday.
The Spurs are entrance off a 125-104 detriment during Houston on Sunday as five-point highway underdogs, with any home group bursting their initial dual games in this Western Conference second-round playoff series.
Point spread: The Spurs non-stop as 5.5-point favorites; a sum is during 214.5, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)
Why a Rockets can cover a spread
The Rockets clearly have a stronger dais of a dual teams, generally with San Antonio indicate ensure Tony Parker out a rest of a array due to a knee injury.
Houston star James Harden has not been asked to do too many in many of a games, nonetheless he did step adult with a series-best 43 points in a 103-92 Game 3 loss, scoring scarcely half of his team’s points.
Harden might need to be a difference-maker on a highway if his Rockets are going to win a series, or during slightest play like he did in Game 4 when he totaled a game-high 28 points and 12 assists while creation some-more than half his shots.
Why a Spurs can cover a spread
The Spurs are still in control of this array after winning Game 3 during Houston though Parker. Patty Mills stepped adult with 15 points off a dais for San Antonio, and his descent prolongation a rest of a approach will be key.
Mills played about a same during home as he did on a highway during a unchanging season, and he was many some-more assertive in Game 3 compared to Game 4, holding twice as many shots and removing to a free-throw line 5 times.
If Mills can feed off a home throng in Game 5 and spin in his best opening of a series, San Antonio will not customarily win though cover as well.
Smart betting pick
Home justice has not been a large cause in this array yet, nonetheless it is customarily some-more of a boost for a benches. The Spurs need to get some-more from their pot such as Mills, and a Game 5 leader could good go on to win a series.
San Antonio has left 6-2 true adult and 5-3 opposite a widespread in a past 8 home meetings contra a Rockets. Look for those betting trends to continue as a Spurs use their home-court corner to win and cover a widespread on a Vegas odds.
NBA betting trends
Houston is 5-12-1 ATS in a final 18 games.
Houston is 3-5-1 ATS in a final 9 games on a road.
The sum has left over in 7 of San Antonio’s final 8 games.
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