Preview: Houston Rockets v.s. San Antonio Spurs

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The Rockets are coming off a loss against the Dallas Mavericks as they get ready for an ever tougher matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. The Rockets are 1-0 against the Spurs this season, handing them their first home loss of the season in late November. This time around things are a bit different for the Rockets with several key players injured. Tonight’s game is at 7:00 PM and can be seen on ESPN and CSN Houston.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Jeremy Lin v.s. Tony Parker

This is one of the games where the Rockets will be missing Patrick Beverley‘s tenacity. Parker has been one of the best point guards of the decade and is still putting up great numbers, averaging a team-leading 18.1 ppg and 6.2 apg in 25 starts.

Edge: Spurs

 

Shooting Guard: James Harden v.s. Marco Belinelli

Belinelli has been shooting a stellar 51.1% from beyond the arc this season, and that’s including his 0-5 performance against the Toronto Raptors on Monday. If Harden gives it a go, Belinelli, Ginobli, Green could find themselves with many easy opportunities against the hobbled Harden.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Kawhi Leonard

Leonard is averaging 12/6 this season and is one of the more underrated players in the NBA. He’s shooting 50.4% from the field but just 31.4% from three.

Edge: Even

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Tim Duncan

From Dirk Nowitzki to Tim Duncan. I just hope this doesn’t happen to Jones on national TV.

Edge: Spurs

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Tiago Splitter

Splitter may start or he may not. Never know with Mr. Popovich. Regardless of who starts, expect to see Boris Diaw get plenty of minutes here or even Duncan at the 5 at times.

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench:

Rockets – Francisco GarciaOmri CasspiAaron Brooks, Ronnie Brewer

Spurs – Boris Diaw, Danny Green, Patrick Mills, Manu Ginobili, Matt Bonner

Edge: Spurs

 

Injured Players:

Rockets – James Harden (GTD), Omer Asik (Out), Greg Smith (Out)Patrick Beverley (Out).

Spurs – Can Popovich please rest a few guys?!?

 

Prediction - Could this be a similar outcome to the Pacers game? Hope not. Spurs 100-84

 

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