Two of the NBA’s most prolific offenses clash on Friday, March 22 as the Spurs (42-30, 13-22 away) and Rockets (45-27, 26-10 home) try to out-gun one another in Houston. Tip off time for this old-fashioned shoot-out is 8:00 p.m. EST at Toyota Center.
Both squads have been generating plenty of excitement – and plenty of points – this season with their fast-paced offenses. Houston is generating 113.2 points on 41.0 shooting from the floor and 35.0% from beyond the arc. They rank 28th in rebounds and 28th in assists. The Rockets have been led this season by James Harden, who is putting up 36.1 points per game on 41.0% shooting.
The Spurs have been filling up the score sheet as well. San Antonio is generating 111.8 points on 46.0% shooting from the floor and 40.0% from beyond the arc. They rank 22nd in rebounds and 16th in dimes. The Spurs owe many of their wins this year to DeMar DeRozan, who is averaging 21.5 points per game.
If San Antonio’s offense falters, they’ll have to rely on their D to keep them in the game. The Spurs are giving up 110.3 points per game, and are limiting opponents to 47.0% from the field and 36.0% from downtown. San Antonio forces 12 turnovers per game and is 22nd in the league in rebounding.
These two clubs have faced one another three times this year, with the Spurs winning once. The last time they played on December 23rd, 2018, Houston won 108- 101 behind 39 points from James Harden.
Online sports betting sites are anticipating a lot of offense, as they’ve set the game total at a robust 221, with the Rockets opening as 6.0-point favorites. San Antonio is 40-31-1 against the spread this year and 41-31-0 over/under, compared to 33-37-2 ATS and 37-35-0 over/under for Houston.