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Struggling Rockets Must Turn Things Around Against Spurs

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/27/2014 8:26:52 PM

The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a two-game losing streak, and are in danger of extending it another as they must face the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. The Rockets are undefeated (2-0) against the Spurs this season, but they dropped two straight games to the Memphis Grizzlies this past week and have looked like a different team as of late without Terrence Jones producing. Jones has proven to be the team’s x-factor as of late, so if he’s not producing sports bettors better take notice.

San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – 8 PM ET
Odds: Even

What To Watch For From The Houston Rockets

The Rockets are five games back of the Spurs in the Western Conference, but the spread for this game will be close to even considering both of these teams have been playing inconsistent basketball as of late. In the month of January the second-year player out of Kentucky is averaging an astounding 15 points and 10 rebounds per game alongside Dwight Howard. Howard is still putting up the same type of numbers as he was before Jones’ emergence so it’s beginning to look as if the Rockets have found their best starting lineup. Jones was injured and played poorly against the Grizzlies last week, and subsequently the Rockets lost; prior to his injury however the Rockets had won six of their last eight games and Jones was even the high scorer in one with 36 points.

What To Watch For From The San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs have been playing rather unimpressive basketball as of late as they have lost three of their last five, with all three losses coming at the hands of playoff caliber teams. They are still beating the teams they should, but in-order to solidify themselves as the true number two seed in the West they must begin beating the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Portland Trailblazers, the three teams they lost to most recently. As it’s becoming clearer that the Rockets are a well-rounded team, the Spurs have shown they are nothing when their stars don’t produce. Tim Duncan will have a tough night down low with both Howard and Jones in the paint, which means Tony Parker will likely have to play more than his average of 33 minutes per game if the Spurs hope to get a convincing win.


With age not on the Spurs’ side, and the Rockets getting better each and every week, this is a game that should favor Houston going in. They are able to play their starters more minutes because they are younger, and they also have one of the most dominant big men in the game with Howard. Jones is truly the team’s x-factor as they rarely lose when he plays well, so keeping an eye on him throughout the game will be a telling sign for if the Rockets are to secure another victory.

Pick: Rockets

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