San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets: Prediction, Key Players, Injuries

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night at the AT&T Center.

The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.

This is the third matchup of four between the two teams. The two teams have split the first two games of the series with the Spurs winning 110-106 on December 28 in the most recent matchup. Danny Green led the Spurs with 24 points.

How will the Spurs fare against the Rockets? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key factors to predict the outcome of the game!

Recent Games

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are 31-8 at home and 52-26 overall. The Spurs are coming off a 113-88 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kawhi Leonard went for 26 points in the win.

Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets are 25-14 on the road and 53-24 overall. The Rockets are coming off a 115-112 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. James Harden went for 41 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

Tiago Splitter– Tiago Splitter is out with a tight right calf.

Houston Rockets

Kostas Papanikolaou– Kostas Papanikolaou is questionable with an ankle injury.

Key Rockets Players

James Harden- The Spurs are taking on the most dominant players (Russell Westbrook) in the league in back-to-back games. Harden is averaging 27.7 points, 6.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds this season.

Dwight Howard– Dwight Howard can’t seem to stay healthy this season, but he is in uniform. When healthy Howard has been productive but not dominant like before. He is averaging 15.8 points and 10.5 rebounds.

Josh Smith– When Josh Smith came to the Rockets about 30 games into the season, many people thought it was quite the risk. About 50 games later the move has paid off. Smith is averaging 11.7 points and 6 rebounds while playing off the Rockets bench in most of the games.

Prediction

169. . 99. 29. 94

The Rockets will be fresh as they haven’t played since Sunday afternoon, but it won’t matter as the Spurs are clicking on all cylinders. This won’t be a shootout as the Spurs will buckle down on defense and win a game that probably won’t have either team reach 100.

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