Spurs prepare to take on red-hot Rockets squad
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The San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets meet up tonight for the third time this season. Their previous two meetings resulted in a victory each. Tonight should be an exciting game to watch.
The Spurs have been hot all season, with a 22-5 record and only one road loss so far. They’ve dominated in their last four games; the average win margin was 16 points. They rank sixth in offense and fourth in defense.
The Rockets (21-7) are on a hot streak, having won their last 10 straight games. They have had the second-best net rating in the league during that time and averaged a league-best 119.9 points per game.
James Harden, especially, is stellar. Right now, he’s one of the top candidates for MVP this season. In both the last two Spurs-Rockets matchups, Harden triple-doubled – and it won’t be at all surprising if he does again tonight. As usual, it’ll be the Spurs job to stop this guy from scoring the points he’s famous for putting up. Easier said than done about a guy who’s averaging 27.7 points per game.
But the Spurs have Kawhi Leonard. He isn’t as much of a powerhouse as Harden – but he’s close, with an average of 24 points per game this season. The Rockets’ defense will have their hands full blocking him and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Unfortunately, the Rockets will be missing center Clint Capela, who has been averaging 17.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. That’ll put a lot more pressure on some of the other guys. Luckily, guard Patrick Beverley is back, and Houston is 15-2 since his return.
The Spurs are a strong team, especially on the road, but tonight, the Rockets just look too powerful to be defeated. It’ll be a tight game.