The NBA will be packed with action on Saturday. Ten games litter the schedule, which should lead to plenty of excitement. One of the games will be an exciting battle between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs. These two teams will look to get an early leg up in the season series.
Houston has struggled to get anything going to begin the new season. The Rockets are currently 4-6, which has them in twelfth place of the Western Conference. Houston will finish their five-game road trip against San Antonio on Saturday night. So far, the Rockets have gone 3-1 on this road trip. Houston is currently 4-2 on the road this season. The Rockets will look to get back into the Western Conference race with a win on November 10.
San Antonio has a solid start to the new season. The Spurs have gone 6-4, which has them in fifth place of the Western Conference. San Antonio has lost two straight games to the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat. The Spurs could use a win against the struggling Rockets to help them get back on track.
This game will be the first matchup between San Antonio and Houston. These two teams will meet three more times this season. With both teams being potential playoff contenders, I expect a tight knit battle on Saturday night. These two teams will look to bring a playoff intensity to the court to try and get the win.
Last Season’s Matchups
These two teams met four times last season. The first matchup was held in Houston. The Rockets saw James Harden and Chris Paul each drop 28 points to lead Houston to the win. LaMarcus Aldridge was the leading scorer for San Antonio with 16 points. Houston walked away with a 124-109 win.
The second matchup of the season moved to San Antonio. Danny Green scored 22 points, but it was not enough. James Harden scored 28 points again, while Clint Capela scored 14 points and had 14 rebounds. The Rockets ended up with a 102-91 win.
The Rockets hosted the third game of the season series with the Spurs. San Antonio once again had difficulty scoring against Houston. The Spurs starters combined for 33 points. James Harden had another 28 points against San Antonio. Chris Paul had 18 points and 9 assists. Houston rolled to a 109-93 win.
San Antonio was the host of the final matchup of the season. James Harden scored 25 points, but with Chris Paul out of the lineup, the Rockets could not generate enough offense to pull off the win. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Rudy Gay had another 21. San Antonio finally knocked off Houston with a 100-83 win.
The Rockets were able to take the season series last season, 3-1. Houston played tight defense on San Antonio in all three of their games, which made it really difficult for the Spurs to pull off the win. I imagine the Rockets will have a similar approach on Saturday night.
The Rockets are missing Nene Hilario and Brandon Knight in their lineup. Both players were brought in to help strengthen the depth of this Rockets team, but neither has played yet this season. Houston could also be without Eric Gordan and Michael Carter-Williams. Gordan has averaged 15 points per game in his seven appearances this season. Both players missed last game and are unknown for Saturday night.
San Antonio’s roster is missing Dejounte Murray for the entire season with a torn ACL. The Spurs are also missing Lonnie Walker for an extended period of time. Pau Gasol and Rudy Gay both missed the Spurs last game against the Miami Heat. They could both miss the game against Houston on Saturday night.
James Harden has been the best player in terms of offense this season for the Rockets. Harden is averaging 26.6 points, 7.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. Chris Paul has averaged 16.8 points and 8.8 assists per game. Clint Capela has done a solid job at the Center spot. He is averaging 15.7 points, 1.7 blocks and 11 rebounds per game to start the season.
DeMar DeRozan has been the best offensive player for the Spurs this season. DeRozan has averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game. LaMarcus Aldridge has done really well also. He is averaging 18.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Rudy Gay is third on the team in points with 13.3 points per game and 7.9 rebounds. If Gay misses Saturday night’s game, it would sting in the Spurs lineup.
I believe that between James Harden and Chris Paul, the Rockets can take advantage at the Guard spot. I imagine that Clint Capela will see plenty of time against LaMarcus Aldridge in the paint, which should be a matchup to watch. San Antonio will need DeRozan to put up big numbers offensively.
The Rockets are looking to get back on track this season, while the Spurs are looking to end their two-game losing streak. I believe that these two Western Conference rivals will put up a game to remember on Saturday night. I expect these teams to bring a high intensity to the court for Saturday night’s game.
BetOnline has the Spurs listed as +2 at home against the Rockets. I believe that Houston is on the edge of going on a hot streak and it could be ignited by a win on Saturday night. The Rockets have a much better team then they are playing like and I believe they prove it with a tough road win in San Antonio.