The San Antonio Spurs quickly travel to Space City in order to face the division rivals Houston Rockets on their second game of a back-to-back. The Spurs will look to keep the winning streak alive by extending it to four games.
The season series between these bitter rivals is currently tied at 1-1. Both games were played at the Alamo City, and the second of those games was a blowout dealt by the Rockets as they defeated the San Antonio Spurs 136-105.
The Rockets are currently without All-Star starting point guard Chris Paul as he deals with a Grade 2 hamstring strain and is expected to be out for a while. They had been on a roll winning five straight before losing Paul in their previous game against the Miami Heat in which they lost 101-99.
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James Harden is putting up MVP-type numbers once again. He’s averaging 31.8 points, 8.4 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game this season and will be the focus of the San Antonio defense during this game.
The Rockets have clearly underperformed this season as they were expected to compete with the Golden State Warriors for a trip to the NBA Finals, but they may not even make it to the playoffs at this rate. They’re currently outside playoff contention sitting 9th in the Western Conference Standings, but a win against the Spurs will put them right back in it.
Both teams are jockeying for position in the early season standings. A win for the Spurs could take them closer to the top of the West. A win for the Rockets will just continue to make the Western Conference tighter and tighter.
Thankfully the Spurs are carrying tremendous momentum into this game having won seven out of the last eight games by considerably comfortable margins. Look out for Marco Belinelli, Bryn Forbes, and Davis Bertans to see if they can continue their hot shooting from beyond-the-arc as they’ll need it to compete with the three-point happy Rockets.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 22, 2018
Viewing details for the game are below:
Date: Saturday, Dec. 22 Time: 7:00 p.m. CST Location: Houston, TX Venue: Toyota Center TV Info: AT&T Sportsnet – Southwest Live Stream: FuboTV