Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs - 12/8/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

San Antonio Spurs (6-18) vs Houston Rockets (7-17)

Game Info: Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)

Betting Odds: San Antonio Spurs +1 -- Over/Under: 235 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Antonio Spurs play host to the Houston Rockets at the AT&T Center on Thursday night.

The Houston Rockets have been in pretty good form recently as they’ve won four of their last seven games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after outlasting the 76ers in a 132-123 overtime home win on Monday. Jalen Green led the team with 27 points and seven assists, Kevin Porter Jr. added 24 points, Tari Eason scored 18 points off the bench while Jabari Smith Jr chipped in with 16 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Rockets shot 44 percent from the field and 14 of 39 from the 3-point line as they squandered a nine-point fourth quarter lead, before they exploded for 24 points in the overtime to make it look easy in the end. It was a real balanced scoring effort as the Rockets had six players finish in double figures in scoring.

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have been the coldest team in the league for a while now as they’ve lost 16 of their last 17 games overall and they will be hoping to put an end to an 11-game losing streak after getting scorched by the Suns in a 133-95 loss on Sunday. Keldon Johnson led the team with 27 points on 11 of 23 shooting, Devin Vassell added 14 points while Keita Bates-Diop chipped in with 12 points on five of six shooting. As a team, the Spurs shot just 43 percent from the field and six of 31 from the 3-point line as they got blown out of the water in the second quarter by 36-11 to fall behind by 30 points going into halftime and things didn’t get any better in the second half.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on two days rest. The Spurs are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games, 0-6 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Head to head, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings overall and the Rockets are 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.

The Rockets will likely be shorthanded again as Bruno Fernando, Josh Christopher and Kevin Porter Jr. are all questionable, while the Spurs have ruled out Jakob Poeltl, Keita Bates-Diop and Jeremy Sochan. The Rockets are coming into this meeting as the team in better form and they would’ve taken so much confidence from their overtime win over the 76ers on Monday. The Spurs have been the coldest team in the league and they are only 0-5 ATS in their last five home games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall, so I’ll back the Rockets to get the job done in this spot.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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